New rules forcing landlords to make their properties more energy efficient have been delayed until later in the year to give owners more time to prepare for the changes.
Under the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (Scotland) Regulations 2019, landlords renewing letting agreements were initially required to bring all homes in the PRS up to at least EPC band E by April 1. Those not renewing by that date have until April 2022 to make the changes.
However, following a complaint to the Scottish Government from Propertymark, the professional body for letting agents, that the regulations and guidance had not been finalised or published in time, a new deadline has been set for October 1.
Propertymark warned that the April 1 deadline would not give agents and landlords enough time to undertake any work required to meet the new regulations.
A spokesman for the organisation told Scottish Property Centre: “Propertymark [has] received correspondence from the Scottish Government that, subject to parliamentary approval, the regulations will still be made on 1 April 2020, however, the requirement on landlords at a change of tenancy will not come into force until October 2020.
“To support implementation, we have been informed that further engagement will take place with the sector over the coming months in preparation for the October deadline. Formal information will be issued by the Government soon and we will keep members updated.”
For more information on the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (Scotland) Regulations 2019 call your local Scottish Property Centre branch or visit www.scottishpropertycentre.net