Changes to the Repairing Standard Guidance

Changes to the Repairing Standard Guidance

In March 2024, Scotland is gearing up to introduce a revamped set of regulations that will directly impact private landlords across the board. The repairing standard, which outlines landlords' obligations in maintaining their properties, is undergoing significant changes. The goal is clear: to bolster tenant rights, elevate living conditions, and foster a rental market that's fairer and more transparent.

Here's what you need to know about the upcoming alterations:

Fixed Heating Systems:

Landlords will now be required to have a permanent heating system installed in their rental properties. This system must be deemed safe, in good working order, and permanently fixed within the property. The days of relying on portable heaters are numbered, except for temporary use.
Lead Pipes: In line with the updated regulations, any visible lead piping must be replaced. This applies to pipes responsible for carrying drinking water within the property or between the property and the boundary stopcock. The aim is to ensure that drinking water in rental properties remains free of lead.

Electrical Safety Upgrade (RCD):

To bolster tenant safety against electrical hazards, landlords must install Residual Current Devices (RCDs) within the consumer unit (fuse box). RCDs act as sensitive safety mechanisms, automatically cutting off electricity in case of faults. Most properties won't require major adjustments, but we're already on track to address those that do.

Common Doors:

The standard for common entry doors remains consistent, emphasising their functionality. However, under the revised standard, common doors in tenement properties must be secure and fitted with satisfactory emergency exit locks. Additionally, all common doors must be lockable, with the front door featuring a secure entry system capable of notifying tenants of visitors or deliveries and allowing remote access. Cooperation among flat owners within a stair will be crucial for repairs, but the aim is to streamline this process moving forward.

Common Doors Summary:

While the revisions to common entry doors aim to enhance security and functionality, implementing these changes may pose challenges. One significant hurdle is anticipated resistance from owner-occupiers, who may be reluctant to bear the costs associated with the required upgrades. As owner-occupiers are not legally obligated to comply with these regulations, fostering cooperation and finding equitable solutions will be essential. Despite the potential obstacles, we are committed to working closely with residents to navigate these challenges and ensure that the necessary changes are successfully implemented for the benefit of all occupants.

Home Sales and Lettings Comment:  We're proactively adapting our properties to meet these enhanced standards, prioritising tenant safety and well-being.

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