Is funding available to improve a residential properties EPC band?

    All landlords are responsible for making improvements to their properties although for energy efficiency improvements there are currently a number of loans and cashback grants that may be available through the Energy Saving Trust . Landlords should ensure that any funding assistance is appropriate for their needs.

    How do I know if it is "technically feasible and cost effective" to improve the EPC band of a residential property?

      Answer: The landlord will be required to provide evidence of this along with their energy assessor.

      Is funding available to improve a residential properties EPC band?

        Is funding available to improve the EPC rating for a residential property?

        Residential landlords are responsible for making improvements to residential properties.  There are a number of loans and cashback grants available for energy efficiency improvements through the Energy Saving Trust . Landlords should ensure that any funding assistance is appropriate for their needs.

         

        Exemptions for improving the EPC rating of a residential property

          Where it is not "technically feesible and cost effective" to improve the EPC rating of a residential property then a residential property may not require to meet that standard. In practise we no of no case where this has been done.

          Why is the Scottish Government setting minimum energy efficiency standards in the private sector?

            The Scottish Government has published a routemap for Energy Efficient Scotland which sets out an aim to make all homes and buildings greener, warmer and more energy efficient. All buildings in Scotland will need to meet energy efficient targets and residential properties will require a band C by 2040 where technically feesible and cost-effective. 

            Do minimum energy efficiency ratings apply to all residential properties?

              Minimum EPC ratings apply to privately let residential properties. The Scottish government will consult further on private rented sector housing to meet EPC band C by 2030 where technically feesible and cost effective to do so. More information is expected to be available later in 2019.

              What happens if the EPC rating for a residential property doesn't meet the minimum standard?

                Where the EPC rating of a property doesn not meet the required standard then a private landlord will no longer be allowed to rent the property unless the property is improved to meet the minimum EPC standards in place at that time.

                Are there minimum EPC ratings for residential property in Scotland?

                  Are there minimum EPC ratings for residential property in Scotland?

                  The Scottish Government has announced that minimum EPC ratings will be introduced in Scotland from April 2020 onwards.

                  EPC band E D
                  New privately let tenancies 1 April 2020 April 2022
                  All privately let properties March 2022 March 2025

                  * From 1 April 2020 and new privately let tenancy will require a minimum EPC rating of a band E. By March 2022 all privately let properties will require to have a band E. From April 2022 any new tenancy will require the property to have at least a band D. By March 2025 all privately let properties will require to have a band D. 

                  Regulations: Energy Efficiency (Domestic Private Rented Property) (Scotland) Regulations 2020

                  We understand that there are going to be further minimum EPC ratings for residential properties in Scotland and these may be as follows:

                  EPC band

                  C

                  Upon change of tenancy or ownership 2025
                  All properties 2028