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Private sector housing maintenance

Looking after your property

If you are an owner of a house or flat you are responsible for looking after that property. Having a maintenance plan in place can help you prepare for future works to your property.

All owners are responsible for maintaining their properties. Owners of flats may also have responsibility for other parts of the building that are in shared ownership.

Carrying out regular maintenance and small repairs to a property can help to offset larger works and associated costs at a future date. It is good practice to put a plan in place to make sure maintenance works are regularly carried out to any property in your ownership and to any common areas. Your title deeds may require you to appoint a factoring agent to oversee any common works. 

If you need help to deal with repair and maintenance, advice and assistance is available from the council. More information on the help we can provide to owners is available on the Scheme of Assistance page.

Where no action is taken by owners

New powers introduced by the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 allow the council to take action against owners who fail to carry out maintenance to their properties. These powers can be used where an owner is failing to maintain their property to a 'reasonable standard'. It is intended that these powers will be used where major maintenance works are identified, not for minor works such as gardens, paths or fences.

Where a maintenance order is served owners will be required to put in place a maintenance plan. The plan will specify when and how maintenance is to be carried out and will require to be implemented over a five-year period. 

Page last updated:
04 Nov 2020

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