On 1 December 2017 a new type of tenancy will come into force, called the private residential tenancy, this will replace assured and short assured tenancy agreements for all new tenancies. Find out more

Repairing standard

The Repairing Standard is a basic level of repair which all private rented accommodation must reach.

To meet the Repairing Standard:

  • The property must be wind and watertight
  • The property must be fit for to live in, meeting theĀ 'tolerable standard'
  • The structure and exterior of the property (for example, the walls and roof) must be in a reasonable condition
  • The installations for the supply of water, gas, electricity, and for sanitation, space heating and heating water must be in a reasonable state of repair and in proper working order (these include external installations, such as drains)
  • Any fixtures, fittings or appliances provided by the landlord (such as carpets, light fittings, white goods and household equipment) must be in a reasonable state of repair and in proper working order
  • Any furnishings provided by the landlord must be capable of being used safely for the purpose for which they are designed
  • The property must be fitted with suitable fire detection devices - there should be at least one smoke alarm in every room which is used by the tenants, one smoke alarm in every circulation space (hallways or landings), and a heat alarm in every kitchen. The alarms should be interlinked and if installed after September 2007, they should be mains powered.

If the property doesn't reach the Repairing Standard and the landlord refuses to carry out the necessary work, then a landlord can be reported to the Private Rented Housing Panel. If the repairs are for a common area or area that is a shared responsibility of several property owners, you might want to check Shelter Scotland's repairs and maintenance in common areas.

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