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Policy actions 4 of 5

Energy efficiency in private rented housing

Minimum standards form part of the wider development of Energy Efficient Scotland that aims to deliver improvements to energy efficiency as a National Infrastructure Priority. This will ensure that tenants are able to enjoy homes that are warmer and more affordable to heat

We consulted on proposals from 7 April to 30 June 2017.

The proposals were informed by the Regulation of Energy Efficiency in Private Sector houses (REEPs) Working Group.

The consultation sought views on how a standard would work, how it would be enforced, and whether there are some situations where the owner would not be expected to bring the property up to standard. We published the analysis of the responses to the consultation on 14 November 2017.

Following this, we announced that we would bring forward regulations requiring that any property where there is a change in tenancy after 1 April 2020 will need to be at least EPC E, and that all privately rented properties will need to be at least EPC E by the end of March 2022. Where there is a change in tenancy after 1 April 2022, the property will need to be at least EPC D, and all privately rented properties will need to be at least EPC D by the end of March 2025.

As part of the consultation we proposed that there would be some limited situations where a lower level of energy improvement was acceptable, for example due to legal, technical or cost reasons. We will be working to confirm what exceptions will apply and how they will work in practice. These will be available in 2019 as part of draft regulations.

As part of the Route Map to an Energy Efficient Scotland launched on 2 May 2018 we are proposing that the long-term aim for properties in the private rented sector is to have at least an EPC C, in line with all domestic properties. We are proposing that this is by 2030, where it is technically feasible and cost effective, and seeking views on this in our our consultation: Energy Efficient Scotland: Making our homes and buildings warmer, greener and more efficient.