New proposals to ensure all privately rented homes north of the border meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency have been published by the Scottish government.
The consultation seeks views on requiring all private rented sector properties to have a minimum Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of ‘E’ from 2019 – and increasing to EPC level ‘D’ from 2022.
Landlords would have six months from the point of assessment to improve their homes and those who fail to comply with the standard would be subject to a fine.
Around 28% of private rented sector properties have the lowest energy efficiency ratings of E, F and G – compared to 22% in the owner-occupied sector and 10% in the social housing sector.
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