Energy Efficiency Regulations & Exemptions

Energy Efficiency Regulations & Exemptions

*Please note that due to COVID-19 the below guidance has been deferred for the time being*


Scotland’s New Energy Efficiency Regulations have been approved today by ministers, with the new regulations coming into effect as of 1st April 2020. report that Private Rented Sector Properties will need to achieve at least:

  • EPC rating of E at change of tenancy from 1st October 2020
  • All rental properties must have an EPC rating of at least E by 31st March 2022
  • EPC rating of D at change of tenancy from 1st April 2022
  • All rental properties must have an EPC rating of at least D by 31st March 2025


However, some properties may be exempt from the above rules in the following circumstances:

  • If it is technically unfeasible to carry out improvements
  • Where other owners in a block of flats refuse consent to do work to common parts of the building
  • Where tenants refuse consent for work
  • Where permission to carry out work to a property which is listed or in a conversion area can’t be obtained
  • Where the cost of improvements needed in the period 1 October 2020 to 31 March 2022 exceeds £5,000, and where the cost of improvements needed in the period after 31 March 2022 exceeds £5,000.


Keep your eyes peeled for the guidance which will be published by Scot Gov on the 1st of April!


If you are a Cullen Property landlord, please do not worry. We have evaluated all of our portfolio’s properties as we have been anticipating this news for a while now.

Virtually all of our portfolio’s properties already exceed this newly set criteria. For the odd properties that do not, we are proactively liaising with associated landlords to lay out plans on a case by case basis.


Overall wonderful news and we fully support these new energy efficiency regulations to achieve a more energy-efficient Edinburgh!


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