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Your council has a number of powers it can use to enforce repairs. However, not every council has the resources to do so. This can stop a council from taking the action both you and they would want. Even though your council may not have the resources to enforce repairs, you should not let this stop you approaching them for help as staff can be a useful source of advice and can help to mediate a problem.

How the council enforces repairs
How the council enforces repairs

Your council has a number of powers it can use to enforce repairs. However, not every council has the resources to do so. This can stop a council from taking…

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Council help with antisocial behaviour
Council help with antisocial behaviour

Your local council has legal powers to take action against noise and health hazards. Contact the Environmental Health, Antisocial Behaviour, or Community Safety Teams. The types of action that the council can…

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Contact your council
Contact your council

Private Sector Housing, Planning, Environmental Health, and Building Control functions are generally spread across a number of service departments which vary from one council to another. Please note: the Private…

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How the council enforces repairs

How the council recovers costs
How the council recovers costs

Your council can use a 'repayment charge' to recover repair costs. It is registered on the title deeds and means that an owner will have to pay off the debt…

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Repairing Standard for private landlords
Repairing Standard for private landlords

Designed primarily to help tenants, this order may also be useful for getting landlords to deal with common repairs. It can only be served by your local council. When used…

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Below Tolerable Standard (BTS)
Below Tolerable Standard (BTS)

If your property is Below Tolerable Standard (BTS), your house is classed as being unfit for human habitation. You may be able to get additional help to bring the property…

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Work Notice
Work Notice

This notice is used to protect the building fabric and is for work which is necessary to bring or keep a house up to a reasonable state of repair. When…

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Missing Shares
Missing Shares

Councils have the power to pay Missing Shares where a minority of owners do not pay their share of common repairs. When can the council pay Missing Shares? Your council…

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Maintenance Orders
Maintenance Orders

Maintenance orders are often used as a follow-up to other notices to avoid future repair problems. A Maintenance Order requires owners to produce a plan to maintain their property to…

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Closing Orders
Closing Orders

These orders are used when a flat is in such a poor state of repair that it becomes unfit for human habitation. When used These orders can only be used…

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Public Health Nuisance/Abatement Notice
Public Health Nuisance/Abatement Notice

A problem with common repairs can become an official public health 'nuisance'. An official 'nuisance' is something that affects people and must be 'abated'. The health of the building cannot…

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Other powers to enforce repairs
Other powers to enforce repairs

You may occasionally come across these other powers being used by the council to enforce common repairs. Disrepair/defective building notice This order is designed to protect the building fabric and…

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Dealing with antisocial behaviour

What is antisocial behaviour?
What is antisocial behaviour?

Antisocial behaviour is behaving in a way that is causing or is likely to result in alarm, intimidation, or distress. It can include a sequence of activities that has these…

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Action on antisocial behaviour
Action on antisocial behaviour

The approach you take to dealing with antisocial behaviour will depend on the type of problems you are experiencing and your own confidence in dealing with people. You may feel more…

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Is the noise excessive?
Is the noise excessive?

Opinions on what is noisy can vary, so the Scottish Government has set out guidelines for councils to follow. You can check noise levels yourself with a smartphone app, but…

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Dealing with noise
Dealing with noise

If you are suffering from noise caused by the everyday living activities of your neighbours, there are a number of things you can do to improve sound insulation. Noise caused…

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Antisocial tenants
Antisocial tenants

Your council, and any housing association or private landlord, should take measures against tenants who breach their tenancy conditions, which includes antisocial behaviour. The landlord should speak to their tenant,…

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Difficult conversations
Difficult conversations

When you need to speak to a neighbour, prepare yourself in advance. Be prepared first of all, get your facts in order, so you know what options are available to both…

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Community mediation
Community mediation

Community mediation is designed to help with neighbour problems. Both parties must be willing to take part. An independent mediator will listen to the views of both you and your…

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Council help with antisocial behaviour
Council help with antisocial behaviour

Your local council has legal powers to take action against noise and health hazards. Contact the Environmental Health, Antisocial Behaviour, or Community Safety Teams. The types of action that the council can…

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Police help with antisocial behaviour
Police help with antisocial behaviour

The police can take action (and seek a conviction) on any antisocial behaviour which is a criminal offence. Antisocial behaviour which can be considered criminal includes: vandalism attacking another person…

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Providing evidence
Providing evidence

Council officers and police need proof of antisocial behaviour. They may be able to provide this themselves, but you can also help, and its simple and safe to do. You…

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Your tenement may have a basement, sometimes used for living accommodation or sometimes used for storage, cellars or wash-houses. These buildings will often also have a 'dunny' between the basement…

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Energy efficiency improvements

Adding insulation and draught-proofing can save money and the planet but in…

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