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.