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Improving Energy Efficiency in Scotland's Private-rented Sector

  • Submitted by: Mark Griffin, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour.
  • Date lodged: Monday, 06 September 2021
  • Submitting member has a registered interest.

  • Motion reference: S6M-01046
  • Current status: Achieved cross-party support

That the Parliament notes the view that energy efficiency in the private rented sector, including in the Central Scotland region, must improve; believes that by taking a fabric-first approach, tenants’ homes could be warmer and that emissions from buildings might reduce, helping Scotland reach what it sees as the country's ambitious net zero targets; notes the recently-published research by Citizens Advice Scotland, Identifying the opportunities and barriers to Energy Efficiency in the Private Rented Housing Sector; understands that this research involved landlords, letting agents and estate managers; believes that they expressed a keenness to play their part in making their buildings more energy efficient and that a majority of those interviewed were supportive of new regulatory requirements for minimum energy-efficiency standards; further believes that the sector faces unique challenges to improvements and that there is a perceived lack of financial and technical support available to inform decision-making, and values the report’s recommendations regarding how housing in the sector can be improved.

Supported by: Ariane Burgess, Alexander Burnett (Registered interest) , Monica Lennon, Liam McArthur, Pauline McNeill, Alex Rowley, Paul Sweeney, Mercedes Villalba