The Scottish Government has published a parliamentary report in connection with the forthcoming Energy Efficiency (Domestic Private Rented Property) (Scotland) Regulations 2019.
Our earlier blog stated that the Regulations were proposed to come into force on 1 April 2020. However the report confirms this will be postponed until 1 October 2020.
What are the new key dates? From 1 October 2020 any new tenancies will require to have a minimum EPC rating of E.
On 31 March 2022 this requirement will extend to existing tenancies.
By 1 April 2022 any new tenancies will require to have a minimum EPC rating of D.
On 31 March 2025 all private rented sector properties will need to have at least an EPC rating of D.
Local authorities will be responsible for enforcing these provisions and will be required to establish and maintain an exemption register (the PRS Exemption Register).
We understand Scottish Government guidance will be published on 1 April 2020.
Should you have any questions in relation to your duties as a landlord or wish to know more about what the new Energy Efficiency Regulations mean for you, please do not hesitate to get in contact with our Private Rented Sector Team.