Ensuring Compliance: A Guide for Private Landlords Scotland

Glasgow Letting Agent


As a private landlord, staying compliant with regulations is not just a legal obligation but also ensures the safety and satisfaction of your tenants. With the recent amendments by The Scottish Government to the Repairing Standard effective from 1st March 2024, it’s crucial to understand the updates and implement them accordingly.

Here at Chalmers Properties, we aim to equip landlords with a comprehensive guidance on meeting these standards.


  • Safe Kitchens

One of the significant updates to the Repairing Standard is the requirement for safely accessible food storage and food preparation space in rented properties. Ensuring your kitchen meets safety standards is paramount for tenant well-being.


  • Fixed Heating System

Heating is a fundamental aspect of any dwelling. The update specifies that there must be a fixed heating system in place, emphasising the importance of a functional heating system for tenant comfort and health.


  • Safe Access to Common Parts

For landlords renting out flats in tenements, ensuring safe access to and use of common parts is now explicitly outlined. This includes areas such as common closes, emphasising tenant safety within shared spaces.


  • Consent to Work on Common Parts

Obtaining consent for necessary repair work in tenements is addressed in the recent amendments. This ensures that landlords are not penalised if such work cannot be carried out due to refusal from a majority of tenement owners.


  • Safe and Secure Common Doors

Fire safety is a top priority in any property. The updated standard now specifies that common doors must be secure and fitted with satisfactory locks, ensuring the safety of tenants in case of emergencies.


  • Residual Current Devices

Electrical safety is non-negotiable. The inclusion of residual current devices in the standard emphasizes the importance of preventing electrocution and fire hazards, further safeguarding tenants.


  • Lead Pipes

Water quality is paramount for tenant health. The guidance specifies the removal of lead pipes from the boundary stopcock to the kitchen tap, with water quality testing required if confirmation cannot be provided.


  • Other Fuels

Extending the standard to cover other fuel types ensures that properties utilising alternative energy sources also adhere to safety and repair standards, promoting tenant welfare across various housing setups.


In conclusion, by prioritising the safety and well-being of tenants and staying informed about regulatory changes, private landlords can maintain compliance with the Repairing Standard and provide quality rental accommodations for their tenants.

Should you wish to discuss further details regarding your investment property, please feel free to reach out to our team.