|October 18, 2019||No Comments|
Landlords with poorly insulated properties may not be able to put them on the market from April 2020 onwards – and the energy performance criteria will be stricter every year until 2025.
On 1 April 2020, Scottish landlords will no longer be allowed to grant new tenancies for properties with EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) ratings of F and G. The regulations will eventually affect let properties with EPC rating poorer than D. The aim of The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (Scotland) Regulations 2019 is to improve the overall energy efficiency of the private rental sector in Scotland by:
The above mentioned regulations apply to all privately rented properties, managed both by letting agents and individual landlords.
There are a few cut-off dates between 2020 and 2025.
1 April 2020 – no new tenancies for properties with EPC ratings of F and G. It means that the new legislation will apply on change of tenancy.
31 March 2022 – EPC E will become a minimum rating for all tenancies. It means that landlords will have to improve the EPC rating, even if their property is already tenanted.
1 April 2022 – no new tenancies for properties with EPC ratings of E, F or G. EPC D becomes the minimum standard at change of tenancy.
31 March 2025 – EPC D minimum rating will apply to all privately rented properties in Scotland.
Local authorities, i.e. councils, will be tasked with enforcing minimum EPC standards.
Energy Performance Certificates have 7 bands. A is the best, G is the worst. EPCs are valid for 10 years. Energy Performance Certificates include a band with an average estimated 3 year energy costs for the property and a range of recommendations to improve the energy rating. The most frequent tips are:
Local authorities will be able to grant exemptions from the legislation. Some examples are:
Energy Saving Trust offers free, impartial advice on energy improvements – it is funded by the Scottish Government. Private residential landlords can also benefit from their zero interest Home Energy Scotland Loans, covering the costs of insulation, double glazing, new boilers, modern storage heaters or connection to gas grids.