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Welcome to our Private Sector What's New page which:

  • highlights recent and forthcoming changes within the sector
  • highlights services we provide
  • promotes promoting good practice

This page will be updated to reflect future developments/changes. If you have any suggestions on how to improve this page please contact us by email at privatesector.housing@falkirk.gov.uk or by telephone on 01324 590797.

NEW Repairing Standard: statutory guidance for private landlords

Updated Repairing Standard guidance was published by the Scottish Government in January 2024. The guidance applies to all tenancies required to meet the Repairing Standard. It outlines the new measures coming into effect on 1/3/24 (see below) and provides full details of how to comply with the Repairing Standard.

New measures: Safe Kitchens, Fixed Heating Systems, Safe Access to Common Parts, Consent to Work on Common Parts, Safe and Secure Common Doors, Residual Current Devices, Lead Pipes and Other Fuels.

NEW Renting Matters in Falkirk (eNewsletter) December 2023

The fourth edition of our Landlords and Letting Agents Newsletter Renting Matters in Falkirk is now available.

NEW Novoville Shared Repairs App

An app designed to help owners repair and maintain the common areas of their block is now available across Falkirk. For more information please see our Novoville Shared Repairs app.

Renting Privately

Information on Renting Privately is available at Renting Privately: What you should know.

Our Renting Privately: financial and practical support provides information on a wide range of available support.

Need a hand keeping warm?

Home Energy Scotland have a range of energy information available including how to reduce your energy bills and make your home warmer.

For more information visit the Home Energy Scotland website.

Under One Roof

Under One Roof are a charity who provide free and impartial, online and interactive information about common repairs and tenement maintenance: helping private flat owners understand their rights and responsibilities to manage their building. Please see our Under One Roof page for more information.

Private Sector Leasing Scheme

Our updated Private Sector Leasing Scheme is open and is accepting applications.

Scheme of Assistance

Our Scheme of Assistance outlines who can access assistance and what assistance is available to maintain, repair and adapt your home. We plan to consult with residents in early 2024 as part of our property conditions review – this does not impact on the assistance currently available.

Care and Repair

Care and Repair aims to give help and support homeowners and private tenants to adapt, maintain, repair or improve their homes. It is available to people of any age who have a disability or people aged 60 or over.

During 2022/23 Care and Repair completed 54 adaptations.

For information on available assistance to meet the new Fire Safety Standard, please see our Care and Repair page.

Factoring

The Code of Conduct for Property Factors sets out minimum standards of practice for registered property factors.  A revised Code of Conduct, approved by the Scottish Parliament came into effect on 16 August 2021. Please see our Factoring page for further information.

Deposit Guarantee Scheme

Our Deposit Guarantee Scheme is currently closed to new applications and is under review. We will update our webpage once our review is complete.

New Fire Safety Standard

The Fire safety standard in Scotland has changed. Every home in Scotland must now meet the "Tolerable Standard", by having interlinked smoke and heat detectors. Carbon monoxide detectors will also be required if you have carbon-fuelled appliances in the property.

Information on the new standard is detailed in the Scottish Government Fire and smoke alarms: changes to the law factsheet.

All homeowners are responsible for ensuring that their property meets this requirement.

Housing to 2040

In March 2021, the Scottish Government published its first long-term national housing strategy: Housing to 2040. This strategy sets out a vision for housing in Scotland and a route map to get there.

Market Evidence: collection of rental information

Rent Service Scotland collects rental information from a wide variety of sources contributing to a data set which is used to produce statistics for the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The information is also used to set levels of Local Housing Allowance, Universal Credit, valuations for Housing Benefit, registered rents, rent adjudications and Rent Pressure Zones.

Rent Service Scotland

If you can share rental information, please download the Market Evidence Form attached and return to us. The information will be held securely in the Rent Service Scotland database and held in line with the current retention policies. Contact details are:

Email: rss.dundee@gov.scot

Rent Service Scotland
2nd Floor Endeavour House
1 Greenmarket
Dundee
DD1 4QB
Telephone: 0300 244 7000 (Answer machine only)


Contact us

Private Sector Team
The Forum
Callendar Business Park
Falkirk
FK1 1XR
Tel: 01324 590797 
Email: privatesector.housing@falkirk.gov.uk