Despite many Government programmes over the years, too many rented flats and houses in Scotland are still hard to heat.Tenants do not want to pay for new draft-proofing or double glazing because the house or flat does not belong to them, and landlords do not have much reason to invest as they don’t live there.
We need new ways to create warm, energy-efficient homes.
Longer term leases would help but the Scottish Government also have the power to require landlords to make sure their properties are energy efficient before they rent.
Landlords are already required to get an Energy Performance Certificate with a rating like a fridge or washing machine. We should set a minimum energy rating that must be achieved before a new lease can be signed or a property sold.
The Scottish Government supports this idea but won’t be bringing in minimum standards until 2018. We think this is too long to wait and want to see standards come in by the end of 2015.