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Energy Efficiency and Condition Standards – Next Steps

Following the publication of consultation responses, Scottish Government has confirmed how they will take the proposals forward.

The Scottish Government has committed to introducing standards in the private rented sector to improve the energy efficiency of the least efficient properties. The standards and timescales will be announced as part of the routemap for Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme, which will be announced in 2018.

Regarding changes to conditions standards Scottish Government intends to lay draft regulations to this end in Parliament in 2018.  The changes will include provisions for: the tolerable standard being included in the repairing standard; a minimum standard for safe kitchens; a fixed heating system; lead free pipes (and where it is not possible to establish if lead pipes are present - water quality testing); safe access and use of common facilities including secure common doors; residual current devices; risk assessment of private water supplies and annual water quality testing; capacity for a fridge/freezer and safety of heating systems using other fuels. We will also provide clarity on whether holiday lets (or certain types of holiday lets) are subject to the repairing standard. A lead in time of at least five years will be proposed for any changes to the repairing standard, along with the use of existing enforcement routes for the proposed new measures.

At this time, there is no intention to take forward proposals for thermostatic mixing valves. Other proposals around asbestos surveys, the provision of cookers, fridges and freezers, sound insulation and food storage space are being considered further.

A decision has not yet been taken on extending the repairing standard to agricultural tenancies, rented crofts and small holdings. Further considerations will take place on this matter, and will be informed by findings from the Agricultural Housing Condition Surveys.

 

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