Bringing farmhouses up to repairing standard

By Catherine Smith, Land Agent.

The Repairing Standard, which has applied to other private rented housing since 2006, covers the legal and contractual obligations of private landlords in Scotland to ensure that a property meets a minimum physical standard.

Landlords must carry out a pre-tenancy check of their property to identify work required to meet the Repairing Standard and notify tenants of any such work. Landlords also have a duty to repair and maintain their property from the tenancy start date and throughout the tenancy.

This includes a duty to make good any damage caused by doing this work. On becoming aware of a defect, landlords must complete the work within a reasonable time.

From March 2027 all farmhouses let as part of an agricultural tenancy must meet the repairing standard, which is currently as follows:

There are further changes being made to the Repairing Standard, which will be effective from 1 March 2024. The standard from then is extending to:

Catherine Lawson

Rural Land Management
Tel: 01307 462 516

Article posted on 19/08/2019

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