Date lodged: 3 April 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to improve the testing of damp homes that are occupied by at-risk families.
Answered by: Kevin Stewart 18 April 2017
There is a statutory minimum tolerable standard for all housing (including those occupied by at-risk families ) which includes that homes must be substantially free from rising damp or penetrating damp. Owners and tenants can seek advice from their local authority. Assessors will exercise their expert judgement in deciding if a house is substantially free from dampness.
The Scottish Government website provides guidance to help local authority assessors identify dampness including tables which describe patterns of dampness for the main building elements. Local authorities have broad discretionary powers to enforce work needed on substandard housing, and where appropriate, to provide assistance.