Energy Performance

Supporting information for Scottish Landlord Registration

Key points

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) tell you how energy efficient a building is and give it a rating from A (very efficient) to G (inefficient). EPCs let the person who will use the building know how costly it will be to heat and light, and what its carbon dioxide emissions are likely to be.

The EPC will also state what the energy-efficiency rating could be if recommended improvements are carried out and highlights cost-effective ways to achieve a better rating.

  • Landlords must instruct an energy assessor to provide an EPC prior to marketing a rental property for the first time.
  • An EPC is valid for 10 years from when issued and so it is not necessary to update this at any change of tenancy until the certificate reaches its expiry date.
  • The EPCs must be displayed in the property and the energy performance rating must be included in all advertisements for a vacant property.


Energy performance certificate

Further context

All EPCs carried out by qualified assessors are registered on the Scottish Energy Performance Certificate Register.

The Energy Saving Trust in Scotland is part of a UK-wide non-profit organisation providing impartial information and advice. Landlords should use this site to find information relating to potential energy efficiency measure for their rental properties. It manages five advice centres in Scotland specifically designed to help consumers take action to save energy. The Home Energy Scotland advice centres aim to reach 250,000 people every year.

The Energy Saving Trust’s work in Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government and can be contacted free on 0808 808 2282 to speak to one of the advisors in your local Home Energy Scotland advice centre.

The Scottish Government announced minimum energy efficiency standards for private rented properties on 2 May 2018. It is anticipated that these will come into for in April 2020. Full details of these proposals can be found here.

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