New MEES standards in Scotland postponed due to COVID-19

Scotland’s latest Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) rollout has been postponed until after the COVID-19 crisis has been resolved, says the Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning Kevin Stewart MSP.

The new regulations, which aim to improve the energy efficiency of private rented housing were due to come into force on April 1st but will now be put on hold. Kevin Stewart MSP said, “The vital work of improving energy efficiency in private rented housing (will continue) as soon as the current COVID-19 situation comes to an end.

Stewart went on to say that, “The regulations place new duties and responsibilities on local authorities. Between 1 April and 1 October 2020, local authorities would be required to develop a system for registering exemptions and to be ready to support landlords and enforce compliance.

"If introduced at this time, these duties would place a burden on them which would be detrimental to their necessary focus on frontline emergency responses to the COVID-19 crisis, and their delivery of vital services and support to vulnerable people.”

Andrew Parkin, Stroma Director of Energy Certification said, “Stroma is totally understanding of the necessity from Scottish Government to postpone the launch of the standards. Stroma and the industry will support the Scottish Government during the interim period and will stand ready to support the regulations once the current Covid-19 situation comes to an end.”

You can read the Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning’s statement in full here.

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