Minimum Energy Standards for Scotland to be announced in May
Members of Elmhurst will be well aware of the Private Rental Sector, Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) will come into force in April 2018 in England and the guidance we have issued on its application. The position in Scotland is likely to move in a similar direction, but on a different timeline.
In Scotland any potential change in legislation is being considered in the "Energy efficiency and condition standards in private rented housing: A Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme Consultation" which closed last year.
The Scottish Government published an analysis of the responses in November 2017 and are further considering those responses with an aim to confirm the minimum standards for the private rented sector, alongside the wider ambitions of Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP), as part of the launch of the SEEP route map in May this year. This will include the proposed timescale for the introduction of minimum standards, as well as setting out wider elements of SEEP.
Elmhurst welcomes MEES in England, especially now the "no upfront cost" loophole is likely to be closed, and is delighted that Scotland are considering similar legislation. Elmhurst has been inputting into the development of SEEP and will keep Members advised as soon as the facts are known.