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Consultation on energy efficiency and condition standards published

07 April 2017

The Scottish Government has published a long awaited consultation on introducing a minimum energy efficiency standard for private rented sector (PRS) properties.

The consultation also proposes changes to the Repairing Standard to bring it more in line with the condition standard required in social housing. Members can read and respond to the consultation here. The deadline for responses is 30th June 2017.

In relation to a minimum energy efficiency standard the proposal is that the requirement apply to all properties covered by the Repairing Standard. These would be required to have a minimum energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of E at the point of rental from 1st April 2019. All rental properties must have a minimum rating of E by 31st March 2022. The consultation also proposes that the minimum rating requirement rise to D at the point of rental from 1st April 2022. All rental properties must have a minimum rating of D by 31st March 2025. The consultation proposes various exemptions and a cost cap of £5000 per property.

In relation to the Repairing Standard, the consultation proposes changes which would improve the safety standards and physical condition expected of properties. These include a requirement to meet the tolerable standard, have safe kitchens, adequate food storage space, fixed heating, lead free pipes, safe access to common facilities, safe and secure common doors, and add oil and other fuels to existing safety standards for gas and electricity. Other changes are proposed to make homes safer by reducing the risks from scalding, electrocution, asbestos, unwholesome water and the impact of noise. Respondents are also asked whether all PRS properties should have cookers, fridges and freezers provided by the landlord.

 A five year lead in time is suggested for any changes to the Repairing Standard.

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