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Energy Efficiency Consultation Response

Scottish Land & Estates has today submitted a consultation response to Scottish Government setting out its concerns about proposals for a minimum energy efficiency standard for privately let homes. 
We believe the measures as proposed risk damaging the sector. If the regulations are not manageable or appropriately funded landlords will consider increasing rents in order to pay for energy efficiency investments or even leaving the sector. The Scottish Government has highlighted that the age and location of rural privately let properties means they are more likely to be of lower energy efficiency. Simply being off the gas grid drops the efficiency score. However, the policies suggested do not account for this. 
Scottish Land & Estates is calling for the minimum standard to be set at EPC level E and for there to be no back stop date. This means the measures will target the worst performing stock and fuller upgrades can be completed gradually at natural breaks in tenancies. Ultimately this means all low performing homes will reach a better standard than the current proposals would allow and there would be less disruption to tenants. 
The organisation joins many other stakeholders in raising concerns about the methodology behind the energy efficiency assessments across the UK. It is not transparent and fails to recognise the reality of many aspects of traditional rural buildings resulting in unreliable assessments. If regulation and funding is to be based on it, there must be improvements as soon as possible. 
The consultation closes today but please do make the time to submit a short response by the end of the day if you can. 

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