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Last edited 23 Feb 2021
A definition of disrepair is based on the former Decent Homes Standard criteria which states that a dwelling fails this if it is not in a reasonable state of repair. This is based on the dwelling age and condition of a range of building components including walls, roofs, windows, doors, electrics and heating systems. Ref Making a Difference, Housing and Health: A Case for Investment, published by BRE and Public Health Wales NHS Trust on 19 June 2019.
- Any (or Basic) disrepair is the minimum threshold of disrepair and relates to any damage where a building element requires some repair however minor, beyond routine maintenance.
- Critical elements disrepair refers to ‘…disrepair to building elements central to weather-tightness, structural stability and preventing deterioration of the property.’
- Urgent disrepair relates to situations requiring immediate repair to prevent further damage or health and safety risk to occupants.
- Extensive disrepair must cover at least 20% or more of the building element area.
Ref The economic, social and environmental benefits of stimulating repairs and improvements to the Scottish built environment to aid a green recovery from Covid-19, February 2021, Fraser of Allander Institute, University of Strathclyde Business School.
See also: Repair.
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