Landlords are generally responsible for the maintenance and major repairs to a property. This includes repairs to the exterior and structure of the property as well as internal heating and hot water installations, basins, sinks, baths and other sanitary installations. Private landlords have a duty to ensure that the property they rent to tenants meets the Repairing Standard as laid out in the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 S13 (1)
- The house is wind and watertight and in all other respects reasonably fit for human habitation
- The structure and exterior of the house (including drains, gutters and external pipes) are in a reasonable state of repair and in proper working order
- Installations in the house for the supply of water, gas and electricity and for sanitation, space heating and heating water are in a reasonable state of repair and in proper working order
- Any fixtures, fittings and appliances provided by the landlord under the tenancy are in a reasonable state of repair and are in proper working order
- Any furnishings provided by the landlord under the tenancy are capable of being used safely for the purpose for which they are designed
- The house has satisfactory provision for detecting fires and for giving warning in the event of a fire or suspected fire (i.e. smoke alarms are fitted where necessary)
Tenants will be able to apply to the Private Rented Housing Panel if they believe their landlord has failed to meet the above standards. If the panel decides your property doesn’t meet the repairing standard, they will order you to carry out the necessary work. If you don’t, you could face a fine of up to £1,500.00.