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Maintaining standards of repair for private rented properties

Private landlords have a legal responsibility to ensure that a rented house meets a legal standard of repair called the Repairing Standard.


The Repairing Standard


Landlords of privately rented properties must follow these rules:

  • The property must be wind and water tight in all other respects reasonably fit for people to live in.
  • The structure and exterior (including drains, gutters and external pipes) must be in a reasonable state of repair and in proper working order.
  • Installations for supplying water, gas and electricity and for sanitation, space heating and heating water must be in a reasonable state of repair and in proper working order.
  • Any fixtures, fittings and appliances that the landlord provides under the tenancy must be in a reasonable state of repair and in proper working order.
  • Any furnishings that the landlord provides under the tenancy must be capable of being used safely for the purpose for which they are designed.
  • The property must have a satisfactory way of detecting fires and for giving warning in the event of a fire or suspected fire.


Every landlord who is required to register as a private landlord must comply. A letting agent may rent a property on behalf of a landlord but the landlord is still responsible for complying with the Repairing Standard.


Resolving disputes


Tenants have a right to refer matters to the Private Rented Housing Panel if they have notified their landlord of a problem and it is not attended to satisfactorily or there is a disagreement over whether or not there is a problem. The panel has the power to make a landlord carry out work necessary to meet the Repairing Standard.

Related Information

Contact Details

 

HMO Licensing and Landlord Registration

Municipal Chambers
Buccleuch Street
Dumfries
DG1 2AD

Tel: 01387 273164
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HMO Licensing and Landlord Registration

Ailsa House
Sun Street
Stranraer
DG9 7JL

Tel: 01776 888411
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External Links

Contact Dumfries and Galloway Council T: 030 33 33 3000

Council Offices
English Street
Dumfries
DG1 2DD

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