If the council forces you to repair or demolish your home
If you own your home, the council can only force you to repair or demolish your home if it's dangerous or unsafe.
They can give you advice and support to do the work. If you disagree with them, you can appeal against the order in court.
When the council can send you a notice or order
The council may contact you when your home is:
a hazard to people’s health
a danger to other buildings around it
in serious structural disrepair
in poor condition and likely to deteriorate
The council can send you a notice or order telling you to repair or demolish your home.
Types of notices or orders you can get
The council can send you any of the following:
dangerous or defective building order
What a notice or order should say
what to do to put it right
how long you have to do the work
what happens if you fail to do the work
You may get more than one warning before being told to demolish your home. You should be given time to put it right.
The council may offer to do the work if there is more than one property affected and it's cheaper or easier for them to do it.
If you agree to do the work
Ask the council what help and advice they'll give you. They can help you plan work and find contractors.
You could get advice, support and grants through the scheme of assistance.
If you do not agree to do the work
Tell the council why you do not think work is needed. Try to reach an agreement that works for both of you.
If this does not work, you can appeal against any notice or order in court.
There's usually a deadline of 21 days to appeal from the day you get the notice or order. You will need a solicitor to help you appeal.
Find a solicitor on the Law Society of Scotland website. You could get free legal advice or legal aid to help with costs.
If you fail to do repairs or demolition work
The council may do the work and charge you for the costs.
You could be fined if you do not follow a closing notice or an abatement order.
The council can use a compulsory purchase order to buy your home to do repairs or demolish it.
Finding somewhere else to live
If you decide to move out, we have guidance on finding a place to live.
If you have nowhere to go because your home is unsafe or being demolished, contact the council to make a homeless application.
Compensation from the council
If your home is demolished or you have to move out, you could get compensation, such as:
Last updated: 17 July 2023