Update on minimum EPC standard

The Scottish Government has recently consulted on improving the energy efficiency of all of Scotland’s dwellings.

The consultation focused on proposals to aim for all properties to have an EPC rating of C by 2040, with social housing already on track to meet that standard by 2020; an aim for private rented sector (PRS) properties to meet that standard by 2030, and for owner-occupied properties to meet it by 2040.

SAL has submitted a response to the consultation,   (members please remember to log in to access our documents).

While we share the Government’s aim of improving the energy efficiency of homes, we would like to see owners supported and encouraged to improve the energy efficiency of their properties, rather than compelled to do so.

With financial incentives targeted at the worst-performing properties, we believe that significant improvements can be made to the energy efficiency of the country’s private housing stock.

The consultation paper confirmed that the Government’s proposals for the PRS are:

  • properties must have a minimum EPC rating of E at change of tenancy from 1 April 2020
  • all rental properties must have a minimum EPC rating of E by 31 March 2022
  • properties must have a minimum EPC rating of D at change of tenancy from 1 April 2022
  • all rental properties must have a minimum EPC rating of D by 31 March 2025.

In some situations, there will be exceptions.

The government has advised that they plan to lay draft regulations before parliament early in 2019 for the PRS minimum standards above.

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