The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (Scotland) Regulations 2019

Closed 13 Sep 2019

Opened 17 Jun 2019


In 2017 we consulted on proposals to improve the energy efficiency and condition standards of privately rented housing in Scotland. Informed by this consultation, the Energy Efficient Scotland Route Map confirmed our intention to bring forward regulations based on Energy Performance Certificates (EPC), requiring landlords of privately rented homes to meet minimum EPC standards from April 2020. 

Initially minimum energy efficiency standards will be introduced under Section 55 of the Energy Act 2011, and will require landlords of privately rented homes to ensure their properties achieve EPC Band E from 1 April 2020 at a change of tenancy, and then EPC Band D from 1 April 2022 at a change of tenancy.

Why We Are Consulting

In May 2018 we asked further questions to develop our thinking on the private rented sector and the draft regulations and guidance have been informed from responses to these questions.

Through this consultation, we are seeking awareness of the standards proposed and the means by which they will be introduced in advance of formal parliamentary consideration of the Regulations to follow later this year. We are also seeking views on the nature of the guidance to support the Regulations and ensure that users are confident that sufficient information is available to them to begin the implementation of the standards required.

Read the consultation paper.


  • Business, Industry and Innovation
  • Building and Planning
  • Communities and Third Sector
  • Housing and Regeneration