New Council Powers on Repairs 1st Nov 2015

Following on from September’s newsletter article about Repairing Standards, landlords should note the following information.

The Repairing Standard, contained in the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006, covers the legal and contractual obligations of private landlords to ensure that a property meets a minimum physical standard. There are serious penalties for non-compliance which can include cessation of rent and even criminal charges being brought.

From 1st December 2015, local authorities will be given the power to report landlords to the Private Rented Housing Panel.
Up until now, it has been a tenant’s responsibility to report a landlord to the Private Rented Housing Panel if they feel their accommodation does not meet required standards. However some tenants may not be willing to do this as they are worried about the response of the landlord. From 1st December local authorities will be given the power to do this, taking the onus away from the tenant, and to a third party.

The power for local authorities will be rolled out across the country in 3 phases between 1st December 2015 and 1st June 2016.

Landlords must ensure the Repairing Standard is being met. The Key Place will keep our fully managed landlords informed of works needing carried out to the property before and during every tenancy. These are identified at pre-tenancy inspections and through regular inspections during the tenancy, or if the tenant brings a problem to the attention of the letting agent or owner. The letting agent will advise the owner of what needs done, and it is in the owner’s best interests to agree to the works, in order to meet the Repairing Standard and to protect their investment.