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West Highland Housing Association
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Email: mail@westhighlandha.co.uk

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How long will repairs take?

Reactive repairs are divided into the following categories and response times:

Emergency Repairs

A repair which, if left unattended, could cause danger to life or limb, constitute a general safety hazard, or have the potential to cause more severe damage to the property. Emergency repairs will be completed within 24 hours.

Urgent Repairs

A repair which, if left unattended, would infringe or interfere with the normal occupancy and use of the property. Urgent repairs will be completed within 5 working days.

Routine Repairs

Covers all remaining reactive repairs.

Routine repairs will be completed within 10 working days.

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Occasionally repairs will take longer, for example:

  1. Repairs within a new property's 12-month defects liability period, which are the responsibility of the Main Contractor.
  2. Repairs which may involve an element of the cost being charged to the tenant.
  3. Repairs which are not the landlord's responsibility.
  4. Where reasonable access was not provided by the tenant.
  5. Where the repair was made safe whilst awaiting components.
  6. Where the repair could not reasonably have been concluded, i.e. exceptional weather conditions, power failure, fire or flood.
  7. Where a temporary repair has been carried out within the agreed response time to prevent the immediate threat to the tenant's health, safety or security.

If you are concerned about how long a repair is taking, please contact our office and the Technical Services Section will explain the reason for any delay. Similarly, if a repair has not been carried out to your satisfaction, you should either contact the Technical Services Section, or complete and return the repairs monitoring form. If that does not resolve the issue, you may take the matter further. Copies of the Association's formal Complaints Procedure can be obtained from the Association's Office.

Right to Repair

The Scottish Secure Tenants (Right to Repair) Regulations 2002 contains provisions for the Right to Repair Scheme to cover the rights of all tenants on a Scottish Secure Tenancy.   It will make sure that certain small urgent repairs which might affect your health, safety or security, are done quickly and easily.  

By law these repairs must be carried out within a certain time. If the repair is not done on time, the Association will instruct another contactor to carry out the repair.   If the second contractor doesn’t do the repair in time, the Association will pay compensation

List of qualifying repairs under the Right to Repair Scheme




(Maximum period in working days from date immediately following the date of notification of qualifying repair or inspection)

Blocked flue to open fire or boiler.


Blocked or leaking foul drains, soil stacks or toilet pans where there is no other toilet in the house.


Blocked sink, bath or drain.


Loss of electric power.


Partial loss of electric power.


Insecure external window or lock


Unsafe access path or step


Significant leaks or flooding from water or heating pipes, tanks, cisterns.


Loss or partial loss of gas supply.


Loss or partial loss of space or water heating where no alternative heating is available.


Toilet not flushing where there is no other toilet in the house.


Unsafe power or lighting socket or electrical fitting.


Loss of water supply.


Partial loss of water supply.


Unsafe timber flooring or treads.


Mechanical extractor fan in internal kitchen or bathroom not working.


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