Energy efficiency and condition standards in Scottish private rented housing

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7:44 AM, 12th April 2017
About 2 years ago

Energy efficiency and condition standards in Scottish private rented housing

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Energy efficiency and condition standards in Scottish private rented housing

Scottish Government have published a consultation on both minimum energy standards and standards on homes in the private rented sector (and now including Furnished Holiday Lets and Serviced Apartments).

The aim is to bring the private sector in line with social housing, although some requirements for PRS are much stricter than Social Housing, but excluded from this consultation.

Consultation on Energy Standards appears similar to that applying to England & Wales (but tougher), and that on condition standards has some significant cost implications in order to prove compliance and then implement corrective actions.

All who have an interest in owning or investing in domestic properties in Scotland should review and input to the consultation response.

https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/better-homes-division/energy-efficiency-programme/supporting_documents/470601_SEEP_Rented_p5.pdf

Allan



Comments

Dr Rosalind Beck

8:03 AM, 12th April 2017
About 2 years ago

Surprise, surprise, more onerous regulations for the PRS than the social sector (even though many of us effectively ARE the social sector). Obviously, there will be no explicit justification for these double standards.

Sam Addison

10:57 AM, 12th April 2017
About 2 years ago

After quick scan through, most of these proposed regs seem to be what most of us PRS landlords would already do - EPC level E (rising to D eventually), safe kitchen, capacity for fridge/freezer etc.
Might be more onerous than social housing but personally I don't want to sink to levels of others.

Jireh Homes

13:30 PM, 12th April 2017
About 2 years ago

Hi Sam - you may wish to read deeper, as many more compliance checks and upgrades to utility systems are proposed. For example introduction of TMVs, asbestos register, lead analysis, sound attenuation, annual sampling of PWS, extension of requirements to FHL & SA, and RCD protection (which is the only sensible upgrade). Some of these are more an issue with older housing stock, but this is the norm in many Scottish areas. Allan

Michael Barnes

10:53 AM, 13th April 2017
About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Jireh Homes" at "12/04/2017 - 13:30":

Lots of acronyms; what do they mean?

Jireh Homes

12:19 PM, 13th April 2017
About 2 years ago

PWS - Private Water Supplies
TMV - Thermostatic Mixing Valve
FHL - Furnished Holiday Let
SA - Serviced Accommodation
RCD - Residual Current Detection
PRS - Private Rented Sector
EPC - Energy Performance Certificate

Michael Barnes

19:35 PM, 13th April 2017
About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Jireh Homes" at "13/04/2017 - 12:19":

Thanks 🙂


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