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.

The Energy Efficiency (Domestic Private Rented Property (Scotland) Regulations 2020 were due to come into force on 1 April 2020.  However, because of the COVID-19 crisis, the decision has been made not to launch these regulations at this time.  This is to reduce the burden on local authorities, who are focussing on frontline emergency responses, and to put the safety of tenants and workers at the forefront. This remains the position, with confirmation that regulations will not be laid in this Parliament.  However the commitment to improving the energy efficiency of the PRS remains and standards will be brought to Parliament as soon as the pandemic position allows. 

The Private Rented Sector Landlord Loan will still be available to support landlords to install energy efficiency and renewable energy measures.  Up to £38,500 will be available per property and landlords are able to borrow up £250,000 at any one time, dependent on the number of properties they have available for rent. 

More information on the Private Rented Sector Landlord loan, including details on how to apply, is available from the Energy Saving Trust.