Now that the colder months are approaching, you may be considering some energy efficiency alterations to your property such as cavity wall insulation or boiler upgrades. Depending on your current EPC rating, this may soon need to be more than a consideration.
The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Sector) (Scotland) Regulations 2019 have set out minimum energy efficiency standards and timescales for landlords to meet these standards.
Here is an overview of the regulations and advice on how to increase your energy efficiency rating –
- All PRS properties must have a minimum Band E rating by 31 March 2022. New tenancies created from 1 April 2020 must also be in minimum Band E properties.
- All PRS properties must have a minimum Band D rating by 31 March 2025. New tenancies created from 1 April 2022 must also be in minimum Band E properties.
These standards apply to tenancies with an EPC and covered by the Repairing Standard.
There are exemptions to this however –
- Where all relevant improvements have been made following the issue of your last EPC certificate
- Where improvements would cause damage to fabric or structure
- Where your property is a listed building or has conservation status
- Property has been identified for disposal by demolition
- Access to property refused by tenant or unreasonable condtions
- Cost caps (£5,000 to achieve Band E, £5,000 to achieve Band D)
There is also an exemption register which you can be on for 5 years, however if your exemption was cost for example, you would still be expected to make other less expensive upgrades within that 5 year period i.e. you wouldn’t get away with doing nothing at all!
Some energy efficiency measures which could be implemented to increase the energy efficiency of your dwelling include: loft insulation, improved glazing and wall insulation as well as installing measures such as efficient LED bulbs.
Home Energy Scotland can also provide free and impartial advice on installing energy efficiency measures as well as renewable energy technologies. They can be contacted by calling 0808 808 2282. Funding across different tenures will be available to help you spread the cost of investing in energy efficiency measures. Check the Home Energy Scotland website for more information – https://hec-scotland-wales.est.org.uk/
Further guidance on the Energy Efficiency Regulations can be found on the Scottish Government website too – https://www.gov.scot/policies/energy-efficiency/energy-efficient-scotland/#user