Minimum energy efficiency standards regulations for Scotland’s PRS to be reintroduced

New regulations are soon to be presented before Parliament, aimed at improving the energy efficiency of private rented housing and prohibit the letting of properties that fall below the minimum energy efficiency standards.

When introduced, the new regulations will require a property to meet the minimum level of energy efficiency of:

  1. an EPC rating of D, where there has been a change in tenancy from 1 April 2022 and
  2. there is an EPC rating of D by 31 March 2025.

This is in contrast to the Energy Efficiency (Domestic Private Rented Property) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 that were due to come into force on 1 April 2020 but were postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis, where the minimum standard for properties was initially set out with an EPC rating of E at change of tenancy from 1 October 2020.

Any properties that are unable to meet the proposed minimum standard will be included on an exemption register, which will be operated and monitored by the local authorities. Property owners will have to evidence that they have attempted to meet the standard and undertaken energy efficiency improvements to the property up to the cost cap of £10,000.

It is not a surprise to hear new regulations are to be presented before Parliament so soon after the postponement of the initial regulations. Combatting fuel poverty is high on all the political party’s agenda’s and these regulations go some way in ensuring people are living in a warm and comfortable home and paying less for their fuel bills.
Daryl McIntosh Strategic Development Manager for Scotland | Propertymark

Guidance

Updated guidance will be made available early in 2021 and ARLA Propertymark will be working with the Scottish Government in drafting this.

Funding

There is potentially the opportunity for property owners to obtain funding to make improvements to their properties through Home Energy Scotland. Details of the funding and eligibility criteria can be found below.