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New EPC Legislation, what does this mean?

Posted by Matthew Gunn on March 19, 2024
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In 2025 private rented properties will be required to have a minimum EPC rating of C.


EPC Requirements


What is an EPC and when is it required?

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) provides information on the energy efficiency of your property. It is a scale rating of A (most efficient) to G (least efficient). Valid for 10 years after its assessment date, the certificate also includes recommendations on how to improve the properties energy efficiency and reduce energy costs. A valid and in date EPC is a requirement for all rental properties in Scotland, without the certificate the property is unable to be advertised and rented out.

What are the Changes?

From 2025, properties within the private rented sector will need to have an EPC rating of C when there is a change of tenancy. From 2028 it will be mandatory for all properties to be rated band C.

Why is  new legislation being implemented? 

The new legislation is to aid the process of reducing Greenhouse emissions and eradicating fuel poverty. The new standard will allow for tenants in the private residential sector to have homes that are warmer and more affordable to heat. This legislation will also aid the Scottish governments proposals to prohibit the use of polluting heating systems after 2045.

What can I do to improve my rating? 

Here are some tips on how you can improve your rating

  • Changing to LED lightbulbs
  • Improving your insulation
  • Replace old electric storage heaters with new modern heaters
  • Replace your old boiler with a more efficient and cost effective one

Who do I contact if I need an EPC?

You will need to employ a qualified and experienced Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA) who is a trained professional. You can find a qualified professional on the Scottish register here.

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