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How does the Repairing Standard update affect landlords in tenement buildings?

In March 2023, the Scottish Government published updates to the Repairing Standard for landlords, due to come into effect from 1st March 2024.

What is the Repairing Standard?

The Repairing Standard “outlines the legal and contractual obligations private landlords are required to meet to ensure that a privately let property meets a minimum physical standard.” (Scottish Government)

The new measures:

What do these new measures mean for landlords?

  • Safe kitchens: there must be safe and accessible food storage and preparation space in every rented property. 
  • Fixed heating system: there must be a plumbed or mains wired heating system, and plug-in or portable heaters can only be used in an emergency. 
  • Safe access to common parts: tenants must be able to safely access and use the common parts of the building, such as the close and stairs. 
  • Consent to work on common parts: landlords will not fail to comply with the Repairing Standard if work in common areas cannot be carried out due to not having majority consent from owners. 
  • Safe and secure common doors: common front and back doors must be fitted with secure and satisfactory locks so occupants can open doors without a key in an emergency; common front doors will require a door entry system to be installed. 
  • Residual current devices: the supply of electricity must be in working order and must include at least one residual current device – this device breaks the circuit in the event of a fault, reducing the risk of electrocution and fire. 
  • Other fuels: properties that use other fuel types, such as oil, liquid petroleum gas, or coal, must have systems checked regularly by a qualified professional to ensure they are in good working order. 

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Help and information

If you live in any kind of building containing flats, you have rights and responsibilities, along with your co-owners, to maintain and manage your building.
But, every building is different, so get professional help for anything more than a simple problem. 

Working with your neighbours will make sure you always deal with problems fairly and help maintain harmony in your building.

Repairs are inevitable and need to be tackled quickly before more damage is caused.

Follow these steps to ensure the repairs process goes smoothly and all owners pay their share.

Not satisfied with your flat? Check out what you can and can’t do to your flat to alter and improve it before deciding to sell and move on.