The Repairing Standard

The Repairing Standard

Rented property must meet the Repairing Standard before it is let and at all times during the tenancy. This applies to almost all private tenancies in Scotland.  You or someone acting for you must inspect the property to make sure it meets the Standard. 

 At the start of the tenancy (or earlier) landlords must tell tenants about 



  • make sure that your tenants know who to contact when they need to report a repair.  
  • explain to your tenants that they have a duty to report repairs to you and go over what you consider an emergency. 
  • carry out regular property inspections. Landlords who inspect property too often may be accused of harassment and face prosecution. 
  • landlords must always give notice that they intend to visit the property.  24 hours notice in writing is recommended although a phone call is usually fine. Only in an emergency should the Landlord let themselves or trades people in. 
  • landlords have a duty to carry out repairs, even if the tenant is in rent arrears.
  • if the tenant has caused the damage they must pay for the repairs. 
  • accommodate your tenant somewhere else or agree a rent free period if extensive repairs. If you can't come to an agreement then you may have to end the tenancy.

If the property does not meet the Repairing Standard.  Tenants can submit an application to the Private Rented Housing Panel  now called the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (Housing & Property Chamber).

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