Energy Efficient Scotland

The Scottish Government asked for views on their proposals for a long-term standard for Scotland’s privately rented and owner occupied homes. Whilst we support improving energy efficiency, we are concerned that the timescales for the private rented sector beyond EPC E are unrealistic.

Propertymark believe that there must be more incentive provided to landlords to make energy efficiency improvements and that the Scottish Government should focus on achieving a target of EPC E before considering further targets.

Key points from our response:

  • Action to improve energy efficiency within the owner-occupied sector must be introduced on a discretionary basis only.
  • To encourage compliance with energy efficiency standards in the owner-occupied sector, financial support must continue, and exemptions must be clarified in statute.
  • Energy efficiency improvements could be undertaken as a condition of renovating a property where technically feasible.
  • The proposed minimum energy efficiency standards for the private rented sector are unrealistic and will not be met.
  • The £5,000 contribution cap for landlords making energy efficiency improvements is unaffordable and it must be revised.
  • Propertymark seeks further clarification on proposed exemptions for the minimum energy efficiency requirements in both the owner-occupied and private rented sectors.
Read the consultation response