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Energy efficiency and condition standards in private rented housing: A Scotland's Energy Efficiency Programme Consultation

Last updated: 30 Jun 2017

Consulting body:
Scottish Government
Status:
Closed
Period of consultation:
Runs from 7 April 2017 to 30 June 2017
CML action:
Response submitted

The Scottish Government has designated energy efficiency as a National Infrastructure Priority, the cornerstone of which will be Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP). Minimum standards will play a key role in meeting the ambitions of SEEP.

Part 1 of this consultation takes forward the Programme for Government commitment to consult on a minimum standard for energy efficiency for the private rented sector.

Part 2 of this consultation takes forward their Manifesto commitment to consult on a national standard for private rented homes to ensure a good basic standard of accommodation.

This consultation will run alongside their current energy strategy and SEEP consultations.

CML response

We welcome in principle proposals that could improve the condition and standards of mortgaged private rented homes.

Lenders understand the benefit of works and measures to improve and better maintain properties that are secured for mortgage purposes.

It would be helpful for government to provide guidance to owners on the types of improvements that might need to be made, and their average scalable energy savings (e.g. double glazing: 20 points; smart lighting: 15 points and such like).

Download the full CML response below.