Thursday, 4 November 2021

New minimum Energy Performance Certificate regulations from 2025 to mimumum rating of band C

 

The Scottish Government recently announced updated proposals for introducing a minimum Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) in the private rented sector in Scotland.

Previously they had announced proposals to require a standard of D from 2022. This will now not be implemented due to the significant impact on the sector caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Instead, the government intends to introduce a requirement for properties rented out by landlords to have an EPC rating of at least C at a change of tenancy from 2025.

All rented properties will then be required to reach a minimum standard of C by 2028. Exemptions will be available for properties where it is not technically feasible or cost effective to reach that standard.

Landlords should review the EPC rating of their properties and keep this in mind when they are carrying out any improvements to the property. This is especially true if you are looking to replace boilers or electric heaters. Your existing EPC will have recommended improvements that you can make to improve the rating.

We are happy to advise you on the steps you can take to ensure your property will be compliant. 

Monday, 7 December 2020

Latest changes for Landlords to Energy Performance in the private rented sector

 

The Scottish Government is planning to amend the minimum requirements for Energy Performance for the private rented sector. We understand from the Scottish Association of Landlords that the regulations will be amended such that properties will need to achieve an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of least:

  • EPC of D at a change of tenancy from 1 April 2022; and
  • All rental properties must have an EPC rating of D by 31 March 2025.

This will remove the requirement to achieve at least an E rating which has now been removed because of Covid.

Landlords should review their EPC rating to start planning for any improvements they will need to make over the next 18 months.

The regulations will provide for some exemptions, including where:

  • It is not technically feasible to carry out improvements
  • Where other owners in a block of flats refuse consent to do work to common parts of the building
  • Where tenants refuse consent for work
  • Where permission to carry out work to a property which is listed or in a conservation area cannot be obtained
  • Where the cost of improvements needed exceeds £10000

If you need advice on what you need to do to bring your property up to the required standard, we will be happy to help.

 

Friday, 19 June 2020

Scottish Letting and Sales market to Open Up from 29th June



The Scottish Government has now confirmed that from 29 June, you will be allowed to leave home to ‘undertake certain activities in connection with the purchase, sale, letting or rental of a residential property’.

From that date you will be able to visit estate or letting agents, developer sales offices or show homes.  Viewings of residential properties will be permitted.

We have been able to support our landlords and tenants, offering virtual viewings and have been able to assist tenants in a safe manner who have needed to move.

We look forward to continuing to work with our tenants and landlords in a safe and physically distanced way.

If you need any advice on managing your residential property, we will be happy to help.