Shared repairs and maintenance

Shared responsibility and further resources

Shared areas means shared responsibility. Examples of shared areas are

  • the roof
  • drains within the property boundary
  • stairs
  • down pipes or rhones
  • paths and entrances
  • door entry systems
  • back greens
  • boundary walls.

Download resources for shared repairs (PDFs)

Working together

If you live in a shared building, you need to work with your neighbours at all stages of repairs or maintenance work. You might hold a stair meeting or form an owners association to organise repairs.

Title deeds

Details of your shared areas and how to work out your share of a bill should be in your title deeds. If you don't have your title deeds, you can get a copy from Registers of Scotland. Contact you solicitor for help understanding your title deeds.  

Tracing neighbours

Not everyone lives in the property they own. Check for landlord contact details on the National Landlord Registration database.

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Edinburgh Shared Repairs Service

Address: Waverley Court,
4 East Market Street,

Telephone: 0131 529 6778

Organising a shared repair?

Try the Novoville app to do the heavy lifting for you. Report issues to owners, get quotes from Trusted Traders, take a vote, and open a digital payment account. Fees only apply to repairs carried out. Novoville Shared Repairs is supported by the Council.

Download the Novoville app