‘(1) The Scottish Ministers may make regulations for the purpose of securing that a landlord of a Scottish domestic PR property—
(a) which is of such description of Scottish domestic PR property as is provided for by the regulations,
(b) in relation to which there is an energy performance certificate, and
(c) which falls below such level of energy efficiency (as demonstrated by the energy performance certificate) as is provided for by the regulations,
may not let the property until the landlord has complied with the obligation mentioned in subsection (2).
(2) The obligation is to make to the property such relevant energy efficiency improvements as are provided for by the regulations.
(3) Regulations under this section are referred to in this Chapter as “Scottish domestic energy efficiency regulations”.
(4) For the purposes of Scottish domestic energy efficiency regulations—
“energy performance certificate” has the meaning given by the Energy Performance (Scotland) Regulations;
“landlord” and “let the property” have the meaning given by the regulations (and “let the property” may be defined to include “continue to let the property”); and
“relevant energy efficiency improvements” means improvements which—
(a) are of such description as the regulations provide, and
(b) can be—
(5) The Scottish Ministers may by order amend the definition of “energy performance certificate” in subsection (4).
(6) Scottish domestic energy efficiency regulations may come into force no earlier than 1 April 2015 .’.—(Gregory Barker.)