Long-awaited guidance on energy efficiency regulations for landlords has been published by the Scottish Government.
The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (Scotland) Regulations 2019 provide guidance for private landlords on minimum acceptable levels of energy efficiency in properties they let.
Aimed at tackling the least energy-efficient properties – those with a rating of F or G – ministers hope they will lead to warmer, greener and more efficient buildings and support efforts to eradicate fuel poverty, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to sustainable economic growth.
Under the new guidelines, landlords cannot grant a new tenancy for properties rated F or G (unless an exemption applies) after April 1, next year.
Those who let properties that fail to achieve a rating of E or better for existing tenants by March 31, 2022 will face losing their licence.
From April 1, 2022 buildings will have to meet an energy rating of D or better for changes in tenancy and for all tenancies by March 31, 2025.
Meanwhile the Scottish Government has also announced changes to information landlords must supply when registering with local authorities or renewing existing registrations.
From September 16, landlords will have to declare that their rental properties meet the Repairing Standard and that all relevant safety certificates are in place.
Among the details they must supply include their date of birth, the identity of any joint owners and any convictions or anti-social behaviour orders that have been granted against them.
They will also be obliged to declare any court or tribunal judgements granted against them under the Equal Pay Act 1970, the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, the Race Relations Act 1976, the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, the Equality Act 2010, the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003, or the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003.
In addition they will have to supply a declaration the property meets the Tolerable Standard, The Repairing Standard, The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations and if there’s a private water supply, that it meets the Water Intended for Human Consumption (Private Supplies) (Scotland) Regulations 2017.
For more information on your obligations as a landlord call your local Scottish Property Centre branch or visit www.scottishpropertycentre.net