Residential buildings in Scotland: Minimum energy efficiency standards update

Regulations for minimum energy efficiency and EPC standards for residential property are likely following a Scottish Government consulation.
As previously reported, a consultation was carried out by the Scottish Government to investigate improving the energy efficiency of the private sector residential stock. Some of the key questions and statements made are as follows. Responses to this consultation have been collected and are being reviewed by the Scottish Government. Some of the questions may provide an idea as to the proposed energy efficiency regulations in relation to minimum EPC ratings for residential property in Scotland and may provide an incentive for landlords to develop a strategy to improve their existing residential properties.

Question: The Scottish Government propose to link the minimum energy efficiency standard to the energy performance certificate as we think this is the most suitable mechanism. Do you agree?
Response: 73% or organisations and 53% of individuals agreed.

Question 1.4 - Do you think that the minimum energy efficiency standard for private rented properties should be set at an energy efficiency rating of E in the first instance?
Response: 59% or organisations and 39% of individuals agreed.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​It is proposed that an initial standard of E should be set from 2019, rising to D within 3 years. This will ensure that action is taken to improve the worst performing properties first, while also setting out a clear direction for owners of rented properties that a higher standard will be required over the longer term.

​​​​​​Question 1.5 - Do you think that the min​imum energy efficiency standard should first of all apply only to those properties where there is a change in tenancy, and after that to all private rented properties?
Response: 67% of organisations and 63% of individuals agreed.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Question 1.6 - Do you think that 1 April 2019 is the right date to start applying the minimum standard of E when there is a change in tenancy?
Response: 47% of organisations and 37% of individuals agreed.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Question 1.7 - Do you think that 31 March 2022 is the right date by which all privately rented properties would need to meet the minimum standard? Response: 51% of organisations and 44% of individuals agreed. Question 1.8 - Where a property has an EPC of F or G at the point of rental:

Question: (a) Do you think that we should require the owner to carry out a minimum standards assessment before renting the property out?
Response: 69% of organisations and 59% of individuals agreed.

Question: (b) Do you think that we should allow a period of six months from the date of the minimum standards assessment to carry out the improvement identified by the assessment?
Response: 65% of organisations and 48% of individuals agreed.

Question: (c) Do you think that the owner should have to provide a post-improvement EPC to prove that the necessary improvements have been made?
Response: 69% of organisations and 55% of individuals agreed.
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