24 November 2023
All landlords in the Private Rented Sector in Scotland are required to adhere to housing legislation and ensure their property complies with both the Tolerable Standards and the Repairing Standards.
From the 1st of March 2024, the Repairing Standards are being updated, and all landlords of privately rented properties in Scotland must comply with the new legislation.
The Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 introduced the repairing standard to properties let in the Private Rented Sector. Since being introduced it has been modified and updated with some new requirements coming into force. To meet the repairing standard at present the Landlord must ensure:
a) The property is wind and watertight, and in all other respects, reasonably suitable for people to live in;
b) The structure and exterior including drains, gutters and external pipes, must be in a reasonable state of repair and in proper working order;
c) Installation of water, gas and electricity, sanitation, space heating and heating water must be in a reasonable state of repair and in proper working order;
d) Fixtures, fittings and appliances provided by the landlord under the tenancy must be in a reasonable state of repair and in proper working order;
e) Furnishings provided by the landlord under the tenancy must be capable of being used safely for their intended purpose; and
f) the property must meet the tolerable standard.
For listed Annex information and all required details to the Repairing Standards, click here.
All landlords must ensure they understand the standards required of their properties and take necessary action to comply with the new legislation. As registered letting agents, our experienced property team can provide straightforward letting guidance and assist you in ensuring your property meets the legal requirements. For more information on the points above or our managed property services, please contact our property team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01573 224381.