Repairs if you own your home

If you own your home, you will be responsible for maintaining the property and carrying out any repair work that's needed. This section looks at how you can keep your home in good condition and what to do if repair work is required.

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  • Keeping your home in good repair

    Carrying out routine maintenance helps prevent unexpected and expensive repairs. Check what you should look out for, how to find a contractor and what to do if you aren't happy.

  • Enforcing repairs

    If a council identifies properties which are not being looked after, it can make sure properties back into a reasonable state of repair. There are various ways in which the council can do this.

  • Repairs in new build homes

    If you live in a new build home and find that repair work needs carried out, it's important to check whether the work is covered by the home's warranty.

Speak to a Shelter Scotland adviser

Call Shelter Scotland's free housing advice helpline

0808 800 4444
9am-5pm, Monday to Friday

Email an adviser

You can also email a housing adviser. We aim to respond within three working days.

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