Proposed minimum energy efficiency standards have been delayed, in a move welcomed by landlords, but the delay only affects landlords in Scotland.
The Scottish parliament has decided to delay the implementation of new Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) minimum standards in order to give landlords more time to implement changes according to the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL).
The proposed rules would see residential properties in the private rental sector (PRS) having a minimum of an ‘E’ EPC rating at the change of tenancy by October 2020 instead of April 2020 as originally suggested. Other rental properties that don’t change tenancies will have until 31st March 2022.
Landlords will face £5,000 fines for non-compliance.
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.”