New EPC regulations postponed indefinitely
The Energy Efficiency (Domestic Private Rented Property) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 have become another casualty of the Covid-19 crisis.
The Scottish Government has postponed indefinitely the implementation of the EPC regulations that require all residential properties being let in Scotland to have a minimum EPC rating of Band E.
The new requirements would have started on 1st October 2020 but from 1st April local councils would have been tasked with developing a system to be ready to support landlords and enforce compliance.
Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning, wrote to the convenor of the Scottish Parliament’s local government and communities committee, explaining that “given the current COVID-19 crisis, a decision has been made not to make the regulations.”
He continued: “I am aware this is an unusual step, but these are very unusual and fast-moving times.”
The regulations are aimed at improving the energy efficiency of private rented housing and prohibit the letting of properties that fell below the minimum energy efficiency standards.
Mr Stewart has confirmed he still plans to introduce the regulations to improve the energy efficiency in private rented housing as soon as the current COVID-19 situation comes to an end.