The decision to delay the minimum energy efficiency standards deadline in Scotland has been welcomed by landlords as a ‘sensible one’.
The Scottish government’s decision to delay the implementation of new Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) standards will give landlords more much needed time to implement the changes needed, according to the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL).
Under proposed new rules laid before the Scottish Parliament, residential properties in the PRS will have to meet minimum EPC standards by 1 October 2020, instead of 1 April 2020 as originally proposed.
According to the new rules, private rented sector properties in Scotland will need to achieve at least an EPC of E at the change of tenancy from 1 October 2020, while all rental properties must have an EPC rating of E by 31 March 2022.
Landlords will face fines of up to £5,000 if they do not comply with the minimum standard.
John Blackwood, chief executive of the SAL, commented: “Privately rented properties in Scotland are often held to much higher standards than other types of housing so it is important that any new measures are proportional and realistic.
“The change in the timetable for landlords to improve energy efficiency standards is a sensible one, and we are also very keen to see the correct level of support for landlords to achieve these challenging goals.
“It is only proper that tenants in Scotland have the reassurance of knowing that their properties are energy efficient, their bills are reduced and that their landlord is helping to tackle the climate emergency. We are pleased that the government is allowing more time to get this initiative right.”
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