Taking court action over repairs
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If your landlord refuses to carry out essential repairs, it may be possible to take them to the sheriff court. This section explains who should consider court action, and how court action may help.
Before taking your landlord to court over repairs, make sure you have exhausted every other possibility.
If your landlord won't do repairs or has started but not finished, you may be able to raise a claim in court. There is a kind of claim for when you want them to do something they are obliged to do.
If disrepair in your home is damaging your health or the health of your household, you can apply to the sheriff court for an abatement order. If the order is granted, your landlord has to put the problem right.
If your landlord has failed to carry out essential repairs to your home within a reasonable time, you may be entitled to claim compensation.