Date lodged: 17 March 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to reduce the number of homes with dampness.
Answered by: Kevin Stewart 28 March 2017
There is a statutory minimum tolerable standard for all housing which includes that homes must be substantially free from rising damp or penetrating damp. Local authorities have a statutory duty to address housing which falls below the tolerable standard. Section 85 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987 requires local authorities to ensure that houses which do not meet the tolerable standard are closed, demolished or brought up to the tolerable standard within such period as is reasonable. Local authorities have powers to require owners to carry out work needed to bring a house up to standard, and discretionary powers to provide advice and assistance to property owners where it is needed.