Energy efficiency in private rented housing

Minimum standards form part of the wider development of Energy Efficient Scotland that aims to deliver improvements to energy efficiency as a National Infrastructure Priority. This will ensure that tenants are able to enjoy homes that are warmer and more affordable to heat

We consulted on proposals from 7 April to 30 June 2017.

The proposals were informed by the Regulation of Energy Efficiency in Private Sector houses (REEPs) Working Group.

The consultation sought views on how a standard would work, how it would be enforced, and whether there are some situations where the owner would not be expected to bring the property up to standard. We published the analysis of the responses to the consultation on 14 November 2017.

Following this, we announced we would bring forward regulations requiring that any property where there is a change in tenancy after 1 April 2020 will need to be at least EPC E, and that all privately rented properties will need to be at least EPC E by the end of March 2022. Where there is a change in tenancy after 1 April 2022, the property will need to be at least EPC D, and all privately rented properties will need to be at least EPC D by the end of March 2025.

As part of the consultation we proposed that there would be some limited situations where a lower level of energy improvement was acceptable, for example due to legal, technical or cost reasons. The draft regulations and draft guidance are now available for consultation until 13 September 2019.

Further to the Route Map to an Energy Efficient Scotland we have confirmed that the long-term aim for properties in the private rented sector is to have at least an EPC C by 2030, where it is technically feasible and cost effective. We have recently consulted on 1 April 2025 as the start date (so at change of tenancy) for the EPC C standard and we will publish more details later this year.