Energy efficiency standards for private landlords should be 'more ambitious but with longer lead time' - CIH Scotland
The Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland has responded to a Scottish Government consultation proposing new minimum energy efficiency standards for the private rented sector (PRS) by joining calls for these standards to be made more ambitious.
At the same time, it is also recommending that private landlords be given a longer lead time to comply with the new standards and that advice, information and financial incentives are made available to help support improvements.
Entitled “Energy efficiency and condition standards in private rented housing: A Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme Consultation”, the consultation closes today (30th June 2017).The Scottish Government is consulting on proposals that, by 2019, all private rented homes in Scotland should achieve an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of band E or better at point of rent. By 2022, all PRS properties are expected to achieve an EPC rating of band D or better when there is a change of tenancy with this requirement then extending to all properties in the private rented sector by 2025.
It is anticipated that the requirement to meet a minimum standard of EPC band E will affect around 30,000 properties with a further 65,000 properties affected by the requirement to achieve band D or better.
In its submission to the Scottish Government consultation, CIH Scotland argues that, relative to the additional cost and administrative burden of compliance, the interim requirement to achieve EPC band E will have a relatively low impact on improving overall energy standards within the sector.
Arguing for energy efficiency standards for the private rented sector that are both realistic and achievable, it suggests removing the requirement to achieve an initial minimum standard of EPC band E and instead requiring properties to achieve at least EPC band D from 2021 at change of lease, extending to all PRS properties by 2024. CIH Scotland is also urging the Scottish Government to set a clearer trajectory for higher energy efficiency standards beyond that time period. Its proposal is that, with effect from 2027, the minimum standard be increased to EPC band C at change of lease, extending to all PRS properties in Scotland by 2030.
Commenting on the Scottish Government consultation and CIH Scotland’s response, CIH Scotland Executive Director Annie Mauger said:
“In responding to this consultation, our priority is to ensure that minimum energy efficiency standards for the private rented sector are suitably strategic and ambitious while also being realistic and achievable for landlords. By removing the interim target, our intention is to give landlords a longer lead time to adapt their properties to meet a suitably ambitious standard. We are also making the case for a longer term target for all properties in Scotland’s private rented sector to achieve EPC band C or better by 2030. We think giving the sector a clearer indication of the long term ambition will make it easier for landlords to plan and adapt accordingly.”
Notes to Editors
1. A Scottish Government Consultation entitled “Energy efficiency and condition standards in private rented housing: A Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme Consultation” closes today (30th June 2017): https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/better-homes-division/energy-efficiency-programme/
2. The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards. Our goal is simple – to provide housing professionals with the advice, support and knowledge they need to be brilliant. CIH is a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation. This means that the money we make is put back into the organisation and funds the activities we carry out to support the housing sector. We have a diverse membership of people who work in both the public and private sectors, in 20 countries on five continents across the world. Further information is available at www.cih.org
3. CIH Scotland's response to the consultation can be viewed here: http://www.cih.org/publication-free/display/vpathDCR/templatedata/cih/publication-free/data/Scotland/CIH_Scotland_response_to_PRS_energy_efficiency_consultation
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