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.

The Scottish House Condition Survey (SHCS) suggests there are four levels of disrepair; basic, critical, urgent and extensive.

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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