Energy Efficiency Regulations for Scotland's private rental properties delayed

The Energy Efficiency Regulations for private rental properties in Scotland has been delayed by Scottish Government.

The Housing Minister, Kevin Stewart, sent a letter to the Convenor of Local Government and Communities Committee, delaying the implementation of the impending new regulations which were due to come into force from tomorrow (1st April 2020).

In the letter Mr Stewart states:

“These regulations aim to improve the energy efficiency of private rented housing and they prohibit the letting of properties with new tenancies that fall below the minimum energy efficiency standards from 1 October 2020.

They were due to come into force on 1 April 2020. However, given the current COVID-19 crisis, I have reluctantly taken the decision not to make these regulations.”

He announced he would “push forward with the vital work of improving energy efficiency in private rented housing as soon as the current COVID-19 situation comes to an end”.

Stuart Fairlie, Technical & Operations Director at Elmhurst Energy, commented: “We completely understand why Mr Stewart has delayed the implementations of the regulations. It would risk encouraging landlords to try and get work done in tenants’ homes, and would put tenants, landlords, energy assessors and potentially contractors at risk, when all the medical and government advice continues to be to stay safe and stay indoors. We clearly all look forward to the situation improving over time and we are sure that Mr Stewart will put the regulations back when the time is right; helping to ensure that we improve the energy efficiency of Scottish homes.”

For a copy of the official letter

Article published: 31st March 2020

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