Environmental Health can give advice regarding housing defects and the tolerable standard. In terms of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987 (as amended), the tolerable standard is a list of minimum requirements a house has to meet in order to be fit for habitation. A house meets the tolerable standard if it:

  • Is structurally stable;

  • Is substantially free from rising or penetrating damp;

  • Has satisfactory provision for natural and artificial lighting, for ventilation and for heating;

  • Has an adequate piped supply of wholesome water available within the house;

  • Has a sink with a satisfactory supply of both hot and cold water within the house;

  • Has a water closet available for the exclusive use of the occupants of the house and suitably located within the house;

  • Has a fixed bath or shower and a wash-hand basin, each provided with a satisfactory supply of both hot and cold water and suitably located within the house;

  • Has an effective system for the drainage and disposal of foul and surface water;

  • Has satisfactory facilities for the cooking of food within the house;

  • Has satisfactory access to all external doors and outbuildings.

If you want advice on private housing conditions please contact us on 01786 404040.

 

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