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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-18091: Graham Simpson (Central Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 8 August 2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether it is considering penalties for private rented sector landlords that fail to comply with energy performance certificate (EPC) regulations and, if so, whether it will provide details of these.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 30 August 2018

Landlords are required to provide Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) at the point of rental under the Energy Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2008, as amended. Regulation 17 of the Regulations provides enforcement authorities with the power to impose a penalty charge notice. The amount payable for dwellings or buildings that are ancillary to dwellings is £500.

We consulted in 2017 on proposals to require a minimum EPC rating in private rented properties, including a proposal that local authorities would be able to issue civil fines to landlords whose properties failed to meet minimum standards. The Energy Efficient Scotland Route Map confirmed that we will bring forward standards which will apply from April 2020. Detail of the enforcement process, including relevant penalties, will be set out in draft regulations in 2019.