If you're renting out a property, as the landlord you're responsible for carrying out some repairs. It's your duty to make sure the property meets the Repairing Standard.
The Repairing Standard is a basic level of repair that all private rented properties must meet.
A home meets the Repairing Standard if:
- it's wind and watertight
- the structure and exterior (like the walls and roof) are in a reasonable condition
- the installations for water, gas, electricity, sanitation and heating are in a reasonable state of repair and working order
- any fixtures, fittings or appliances provided by the landlord (like carpets, light fittings and household equipment) are in a reasonable state of repair
- any furnishings provided by the landlord can be used safely for the purpose they were designed
- it's fitted with suitable fire safety devices – smoke alarms, a heat alarm and fire extinguishers. All alarms should interlink. Alarms can be mains powered with battery backup or use long-life lithium batteries that cannot be changed. The battery alarms must be a sealed or tamper proof type. Visit gov.scot to read the guidance on fire detection in private rented properties
- it's fitted with a carbon monoxide detector in any room with a carbon fuelled appliance (such as a heater or boiler, but not a cooker) or there is a flue from such an appliance
- electrical safety inspections are carried out by a qualified electrician at least once every five years
- the property meets the statutory Tolerable Standard
A flat in a tenement does not fail the repairing standard if work cannot be done because of other owners refusing consent.
In flats, the Repairing Standard includes any common parts of the building if a tenant is adversely affected by something that is in disrepair or not in proper working order.
Landlords also have responsibilities under UK wide legislation for gas safety and health and safety at work (including the duty to carry out risk assessments for Legionella).
Landlords may also have additional responsibilities if the house is a HMO (house in multiple occupation).
If your property does not meet the standards
If your property does not meet the Repairing Standard and you refuse to carry out the repair work, your tenant might report you to the Housing and Property Chamber.
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