In May 2018, Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister for Scotland, launched the Route Map to an Energy Efficient Scotland. The Route Map outlines action to ensure that by 2040, all homes are improved so they achieve an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of at least Band C. Energy efficiency is a national priority for the Scottish Government and is key to tackling fuel poverty and meeting Scotland’s ambitious climate change targets.
As part of the Route Map the Scottish Government confirmed that we they would bring forward regulations to require landlords of privately rented homes to improve their properties, first to an EPC Band E rating at change in tenancy from April 2020 (and in all PRS by end March 2022), and to an EPC Band D rating at change in tenancy from April 2022 (and in all by end March 2025). Regulations will be brought forward to come into force from 1 April 2020, with accompanying guidance.
The Route Map also confirmed that in relation to all PRS properties, these should be at an EPC Band C standard (where technically feasible and cost effective) by 2030.
The Scottish Government also consulted on the proposal that properties let after 1 April 2025, should met the EPC C standard at change of tenancy (the ‘trigger point’), and more details on this will follow.
More information on Energy Efficient Scotland is available at https://beta.gov.scot/policies/energy-efficiency/energy-efficient-scotland/.