Homeowners - advice and support
Scheme of assistance
We have produced a scheme of assistance for private homeowners and tenants of private sector landlords. Section 72 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 requires all local authorities to produce a scheme of assistance for private homeowners and tenants. It sets out the circumstances in which we will provide information, advice, and practical support and, in some circumstances, financial assistance to private homeowners to help them repair, maintain, improve or adapt their homes.
For more information please contact our private housing team on 01467 534753.
Repairs and maintenance leaflets
Our repairs and maintenance leaflets contain information to help homeowners carry out repairs and maintenance to your homes:
- Asbestos in the home (506kb pdf)
- Burst pipes and plumbing emergencies (347kb pdf)
- Checking your building (434kb pdf)
- Damp and condensation (345kb pdf)
- Electrical safety in the home (509 kb pdf)
- Finding a reliable contractor (445kb pdf)
- Gas safety (462kb pdf)
- Heating oil (429 kb pdf)
- Home safety information (479kb pdf)
- Lead in drinking water (296kb pdf)
- Pests and vermin (463 kb pdf)
- Roof, gutters and chimneys (291kb pdf)
Common Repairs in Flats
Under One Roof provides impartial advice on repairs and maintenance for flat owners in Scotland. It provides information and advice on owners rights and responsibilities, and how to maintain and manage a building.
Aberdeenshire Care and Repair
Aberdeenshire Care and Repair provide a free service offering information, advice and help with repairs, improvements and adaptations to Aberdeenshire owner occupiers and tenants of private landlords who are over 60 and/or have a disability.
Guides for private tenants and homeowners about funding adaptations to the home are on the Scottish Government's website. The guides detail the help available to fund changes to your home to make it easier to get around:
The Empty Homes Loan Fund helps bring empty properties in the private sector back into use as affordable housing. If you own a property in Aberdeenshire which has been empty for six months or more, you may be eligible to apply for a loan of up to £30,000 from us to help renovate the property and bring it back into use. Priority is given to properties in areas where there is a need for a particular size or type of property.
More information about the loan is available in our booklet, including the benefits, loan criteria and conditions, how the work needed to bring the property up to standard is identified, tenancy, rental income:
To apply for a loan please complete the application form:
- Empty homes loan fund application form (255kb pdf)
- Guidance notes for empty homes loan fund applicants (121kb pdf)
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Equity Loans policy
The Equity Loans policy provides equity loans to eligible homeowners who don't have debt secured against their home and aren't able to access funds, or can't afford to repay commercial finance, to pay for repairs, maintenance or adaptations to their homes.
Below Tolerable Standard policy
The Below Tolerable Standard policy aims to reduce the number of houses that are below tolerable standard and prevent more from falling below this standard.
Housing Renewal Area policy
The Housing Renewal Area policy aims to reduce the number of houses that are sub-standard and prevent more from becoming sub-standard.
Are you at risk of losing your home?
If you own your home and are in danger of having it repossessed due to financial difficulties the Scottish Government may be able to help.
The Scottish Government runs two schemes to help owners who are experiencing difficulty in paying and loans secured against their property - the Mortgage to Rent scheme and the Mortgage to Shared Equity scheme. Their information leaflet Are you in danger of losing your home? contains more details about these schemes.
For more information, or if you have any questions, please call us on 01467 534753 or email firstname.lastname@example.org