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Below Tolerable Standard Grants

£200,000 of the fund has been allocated for 2020 / 21 to tackle properties that fail to meet the Tolerable Standard across Dumfries and Galloway.

COVID-19 Update

Our Below Tolerable Standards (BTS) Housing Grant Scheme has now resumed.

There has been significant demand on the scheme and due to Covid restrictions we have been unable to carry out visits to properties.  We are currently prioritising outstanding enquiries and have been in touch with those on our waiting list.  We will be arranging visits to these properties soon.

If you have a new enquiry, please do not hesitate to contact us for guidance and advice regarding your property defect.

A house meets the Tolerable Standard if it:

  • is structurally stable
  • is substantially free from rising or penetrating damp
  • has satisfactory provision for natural and artificial lighting, for ventilation and heating
  • has satisfactory thermal insulation
  • has an adequate piped supply of wholesome water available within the house
  • has a sink provided with a satisfactory supply of both hot and cold water
  • has a water or waterless closet available for the exclusive use of the occupants of the house and suitably located within the house
  • has a fixed bath or shower and a wash-hand basin, each provided with a satisfactory supply of both hot and cold water and suitably located in the house
  • has an effective system for the drainage and disposal of foul and surface water
  • in the case of a house having a supply of electricity it requires to comply with the relevant requirements in relation to the electrical installations;
    • "the electrical installation" is the electrical wiring and associated components and fittings, but excludes equipment and appliances; or
    • "the relevant requirements" are that the electrical installation is adequate and safe to use;
  • has satisfactory facilities for the cooking of food
  • has satisfactory access to all external doors and outbuildings.

Where properties fail to meet the Tolerable Standard, grant assistance to carry out the required repairs may be made available to homeowners, private sector landlords and for commercial properties who have a responsibility for shared works. Maximum grant award would be £20,000 subject to circumstances.

More information

To arrange an initial visit to your property by one of our team

Page last updated: 13/05/2021
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