Repairs and maintenance for landlords

Landlords must ensure that private rented property meets a minimum physical standard. This is the Repairing Standard.

Landlords must carry out a pre-tenancy check of their property to identify work required to meet the Repairing Standard. They must notify tenants of any such work.

Landlords must repair and maintain their property throughout the tenancy. This includes a duty to make good any damage caused by work. On becoming aware of a defect, landlords must complete the work within a reasonable time.

If your tenant has told you about a problem and you don't agree it is a problem, or you have not addressed it to their satisfaction, they can refer it to the First Tier Tribunal for Scotland.

The tribunal has the power to require a landlord to carry out work necessary to meet the standard.

Energy Efficiency

New energy efficiency standards for private rented properties come into effect in April 2020. New guidance has been published to outline the changes and assist landlords.

Fire and smoke alarms

From February 2021 all homes must meet new standards relating to fire detection. The standards require:

  • one smoke alarm installed in the room used most for general daytime living purposes
  • one smoke alarm in every circulation space on each storey, such as hallways and landings
  • one heat alarm installed in every kitchen

All alarms should be ceiling mounted and interlinked.

Carbon monoxide detectors must be fitted where there is a carbon-fuelled appliance (such as boilers, fires - including open fires, heaters and stoves) or a flue.

Homeowners and landlords are responsible for costs. Compliance with the new standard will form part of the Home Report when you come to sell your property.

Find out more on the Scottish Government website.

Repairs and improvements for flat owners

For advice visit Under One Roof .

Scheme of assistance

If you are carrying out repairs, improvements or adaptations to your home you can get information, help and possibly a loan or grant through the Scheme of assistance.

The Scheme of assistance states that the primary responsibility for maintenance of private sector housing lies with property owners.

We are committed to achieving a high standard of housing in the private sector. We provide advice, practical help and financial support to improve private sector housing.

We attach particular importance to enabling people to live independently in their own homes. We do this by increasing the number of houses suitable for people with disabilities and older people.