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.
Open Market Purchase Scheme
We do, on occasion, purchase properties from the open market where there is an identified need for a particular property type in that location, where there is funding available and the property represents value for money.
Please see Open Market Purchase Scheme leaflet (PDF 111KB) explaining how the scheme works.
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 (PDF 514KB)
- Burst pipes and plumbing emergencies (PDF 272KB)
- Checking your building (PDF 445KB)
- Damp and condensation (PDF 333KB)
- Electrical safety in the home (PDF 266KB)
- Finding a reliable contractor (PDF 374KB)
- Gas safety (PDF 462KB)
- Heating oil (PDF 439KB)
- Home safety information (PDF 479KB)
- Lead in drinking water (PDF 326KB)
- Pests and vermin (PDF 912KB)
- Roof, gutters and chimneys (PDF 222KB)
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:
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? (PDF 150KB) contains more details about these schemes.