Scottish Government has published a consultation on Energy Efficiency and Condition Standards in Private Rented Housing.
The first part proposes introducing a minimum energy efficiency standard of EPC E from April 2019 where there is a change in tenancy. A back stop date of March 2022 is proposed when all rented properties will have to meet the standard unless they meet criteria for exception or abeyance. It is proposed to increase the standard to EPC D at point of tenancy changeover from April 2022 with a backstop of March 2025. A cost cap of £5,000 is proposed.
The second part proposes extending the repairing standard to include elements such as safe kitchens, food storage, private water standard, oil safety standards, safe access to common facilities, secure common doors and lead free pipes.
The consultation also asks if houses in agricultural tenancies, rented croft houses, smallholdings and holiday homes should have to meet the repairing standard.
The consultation closes on 30 June. We will be putting in a consultation response and appreciate any input you may have.