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Report a repair: Scotland

Published on 21 July 2022

Report a repair online

The easiest way to report a non-emergency repair is online. Once signed in to your online account, you can provide details of the repair, upload photos of the issue and schedule appointments at a time that suits you. We recommend you give as much detail as you can as this will help us to plan your repair more quickly.

Report a repair online

Emergency repairs

What is an emergency repair?

An emergency repair is any problem that could be a security risk or cause harm to you, another person or your property.

The welfare and safety of our customers is our primary concern, particularly when dealing with emergency repairs. To make sure our customers receive help quickly for an emergency repair we have reviewed and updated our emergency repairs criteria, so that we can focus our resources on our residents when they need it most.

There may be repairs agreed to be an emergency due to a customer’s vulnerability or supported living arrangements.

The list below sets out our updated emergency repair criteria

1. Electrics where:

  • they are unsafe because copper wiring is exposed
  • they are unsafe because water is leaking or has been leaking onto or near them
  • there has been a total loss of power after checking with your supplier
  • total loss of lights - you must attempt to reset your fuse box if in individual home

2. Water problems where:

  • there is a total loss of water supply after checking with your supplier
  • ceilings have been damaged by water (and are in danger of collapsing)
  • there are leaks causing uncontrollable damage
  • the toilet is blocked and all attempts have been made to unblock it, and there is only one toilet in the home
  • external drains are blocked and sewage water is backing up (and it is not a Council responsibility)
  • all bathing facilities have been lost and when there are no other ways of bathing available
  • total loss of hot water – when there is no other form of bathing, for example an electric shower available

3. Gas

  • Any leaks from a pipe or gas boiler
  • Boiler breakdown resulting in no heating or hot water is an emergency only between 1 October and 31 March

4. Any exposed asbestos (read more about asbestos)

5. Security and day to day living repairs where:

  • home burglar alarms (where we have supplied) or smoke alarms are sounding constantly
  • door entry systems will not allow you to enter or exit the building and there is no other door entry available
  • the main front or back door cannot be used to enter or exit the home or be made secure overnight
  • a window is broken and causing a security issue
  • the walls and ceiling need repair as they are a potential injury risk or a dangerous situation
  • there is complete loss of cooking facilities with no other way of cooking for example no microwave available
  • there is a total loss of heating between 1 October and 31 March
  • there is any repair agreed to be an emergency due to a customer’s vulnerability or supported living arrangements

6. External repairs to:

  • fences and gates - only if the fence is causing a risk of injury to the customer or general public
  • roofing repairs - only if causing a health and safety risk
  • masonry repairs - only if there is a potential injury risk and dangerous situation
  • paths and walkways - shared or main access to the front of the property and flagging in communal areas only if potential injury risk and dangerous situation

All emergency repairs need to be reported by phone. Please call us immediately on 01772 667002 to report an emergency repair. The line is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our Customer Service Centre colleagues will ask you questions about your repair to make sure you receive the help you need and to determine if your repair is an emergency. If not identified as an emergency repair we will offer you our next available routine repair appointment.

Gas escapes

Please contact National Grid UK: 0800 111 999

Complete power failure

Please contact Scottish Power: 0845 2727 111

Complete loss of heating

We follow the Right to Repair legislation and will attend complete loss of heating by the end of the next working day (Monday to Friday 18:30pm and Saturday 12:30pm.


Reporting an emergency to us

All emergency repairs need to be reported by phone immediately on 0131 657 0600. This line is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

We aim to carry out all emergency repairs within 24 hours.

When you call, have your property reference number, house number or postcode ready.

Deaf and hard of hearing customers can report an emergency repair by:


By phone

You can call us on 0131 657 0600 (charged at local rate when calling from a landline). Press 1 for repairs then press:

  • Option 1 for a new emergency repair
  • Option 2 for gas servicing
  • Option 3 for electrical testing

Lines are open Monday to Friday from 8am to 6.30pm.

Have your property reference number, house number or postcode ready.


What happens next?

When you report a non-emergency repair, you will be given an appointment for us to carry out the work. The appointment will be arranged to mutually suit your availability and that of our contractor.

Monday to Thursday

  • Morning: 8am to 12pm
  • Afternoon: 12pm to 4.30pm


  • Morning: 8am to 12pm
  • Afternoon: 12pm to 3.30pm


Sharing your details

We may share your name and contact details with In House Research, an external company who we have appointed to carry out surveys so that we can obtain feedback from you on our repairs service.

The appointed company will work on our behalf and will never use your information for any other purposes. If you wish to opt-out from receiving a survey from In House Research you can send your email address to and ask them to remove you from the Places for People customer surveys or alternatively contact our Customer Contact Centre who will do this on your behalf.


Repair responsibilities

Check whether the repair is your responsibility.

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