£2.5 billion is spent on heating and cooling buildings in Scotland every year and it’s the Scottish Government’s aim to reduce that figure to reduce fuel poverty and the effects of climate change.*
From 1st April 2020, as part of the Scottish Government’s Energy Efficient Scotland Programme, Landlords will have to ensure that their rental properties achieve a minimum Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Rating of Band E for any new tenancies, extending to all private rental properties with sitting tenants by 31st March 2022.**
Furthermore, as from 1st April 2022, properties must achieve a minimum EPC rating of Band D for new tenancies and this too will be rolled out by 2025. Landlords could face fines of up to £4000 for failure to comply to the new rules.***
For some properties, it’ll be an easy fix to improve their EPC banding score (eg. changing lightbulbs throughout to energy efficient LED bulbs). However, some Landlords may have to consider improvements such as double glazing, loft insulation, etc.
The Scottish Government intends to issue more information and draft regulations later this year. One Stop Properties will share this information with our Landlords once it’s published and we will be able to offer help and guidance.