- 2 May 2018
This guide is intended to help you, as a private landlord, understand Energy Efficient Scotland, and how to meet the requirements of regulations coming in to force on 1 April 2020 setting energy efficiency standards in private rented properties.
What is Energy Efficient Scotland?
Energy Efficient Scotland is the Scottish Government's energy efficiency improvement programme. It will run over the next 20 years and remove poor energy efficiency as a driver of fuel poverty and reduce carbon emissions. Energy Efficient Scotland will ensure that our homes and buildings are warmer, greener and more efficient. To do so, the Programme will put in place a framework of standards for energy efficiency, based on Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs), and make available a range of support, including advice and financial assistance.
What does Energy Efficient Scotland mean for private landlords?
We are committed to improving the energy efficiency of homes in the private rented sector, ensuring tenants are able to enjoy homes that are warmer and affordable to heat. We are introducing regulations in April 2020 which will mean that, at change of tenancy from 1 October 2020, all properties must achieve at least EPC band E, and in all properties by 31 March 2022. In addition, all properties will need to achieve at least EPC band D at change in tenancy from April 2022, and in all properties by 31 March 2025.
What measures can private landlords take?
You can also improve the energy efficiency of your building ahead of the targets through installing a variety of measures. If you have bought or let your property after 4 January 2009 you should already have an EPC, which can be found at www.scottishepcregister.org.uk. Some energy efficiency measures which could be implemented to increase the energy efficiency of your dwelling include: loft insulation, improved glazing and wall insulation as well as installing measures such as energy efficient LED bulbs. You can see an example list of energy efficiency measures you could install in our Energy Efficient Scotland user guide: energy efficiency measures.
What support is available?
Home Energy Scotland can also provide free and impartial advice on installing energy efficiency measures as well as renewable energy technologies. They can be contacted by calling 0808 808 2282. Funding across different tenures will be available to help you spread the cost of investing in energy efficiency measures. For a list of currently available resources and to access the Home Energy Scotland Check tool you can go to https://hec-scotland-wales.est.org.uk/.
If you are spending a significant proportion of your income on energy bills, you can contact Home Energy Scotland (0808 808 2282) to find out what support is available to help you improve the energy efficiency of your property.
- Energy Efficient Scotland route map
- Energy Efficient Scotland consultation
- Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing consultation
Download the full user guide below
Phone: 0131 244 4000
Energy and Climate Change Directorate