EPC regs: landlords given crucial extra six months

EPC regs: landlords given crucial extra six months

Press Release

Landlords of private rental property will now have until October 2020 rather than 1 April 2020 to complete any required energy efficiency changes to their properties.

The announcement of these crucial additional six months comes after our open letter last week to Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning and Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, demanding they publish the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) regulations and guidance for private rented property immediately so that our members have as much time as possible to make any necessary changes to their rental properties. We warned that these delays are impacting on our members’ businesses, as well as having potential negative consequences for the affordable rental sector in rural areas.

We also explained that significant changes lie ahead for the private rental sector, but landlords are currently being left in limbo as they await the finalised regulations for energy efficiency. The longer we wait for the guidance to be published, the more difficult it will be for landlords to make the required changes on time. We underlined that it is unreasonable to expect landlords to undertake significant energy improvement works before the regulations and guidance have even been published.

The Scottish Government has told us that the new EPC regulations will be laid before the Scottish Parliament this week and will still come in to force on 1 April 2020 but they will not be enforced until 1 October 2020. 

The finalised regulations and guidance for the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (Scotland) Regulations are intended to assist landlords in making the required energy efficiency changes to their rental properties.

It is proposed that minimum energy efficiency standards for private rented properties in Scotland will be phased in and increased over time. Properties in the private rented sector will need to meet these minimum EPC ratings in order to continue to rent out their properties.

We will continue to push the UK Government to change the EPC methodology, which we believe is not fit for purpose.

You can read our open letter to the Scottish Government here.