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Quality - Dampness, condensation and the SHQS

High Level Summary of Statistics Trend

Dampness, condensation and the Scottish Housing Quality Standard (SHQS)

Updated: January 2016

Levels of dampness and condensation have remained more or less static since 2003/4. In 2014 3% of dwellings had some level of damp, and 9% had condensation.

The Scottish Housing Quality Standard (SHQS) was announced by the Minister for Communities in February 2004. A target was set that all social landlords must ensure that all their dwellings pass the SHQS by 2015. The SHQS is based on a number of broad quality criteria. In order to meet this standard the house must be: compliant with the tolerable standard, free from serious disrepair, energy efficient, provided with modern facilities and services and healthy, safe and secure.

Successive Scottish House Condition Surveys show that the proportion of dwellings failing the Scottish Housing Quality Standard has fallen; for the social sector, 45% of dwellings fell short of the Scottish Housing Quality Standard in 2014, down from 60% in 2010. Overall, 47% of housing in Scotland failed the SHQS in 2014, a reduction from 61% in 2010.


Housing Quality 2016

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Source: Scottish House Condition Survey

Further Information

 Scottish House Condition Survey

 Scottish Housing Quality Standard