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August 2023

The Novoville Shared Repairs app

The Novoville Shared Repairs app

The Novoville Shared Repairs app was developed in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council and launched in 2021 to help make the shared repairs process smoother. This month we have a guest article from the creators of Novoville Shared Repairs, explaining the reasoning behind the app and its key features that help make shared repairs more manageable.

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Scottish Government EPC reform consultation

Scottish Government EPC reform consultation

The Scottish Government has released a consultation paper setting out proposals to reform domestic and non-domestic Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs). EPCs provide properties with an energy efficiency rating and communicate to households and building owners the performance of their building.

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New downloadable guide to the repairs process

New downloadable guide to the repairs process

Organising common repairs can be time consuming and stressful, and the common repairs process can be difficult to navigate. Following proper procedures is a critical element in the repairs process, and is essential should you need external help from your local council or if you need to take legal action.

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Enquiry of the month: I live on the ground floor. Do I have to pay my share for a roof repair?

Enquiry of the month: I live on the ground floor. Do I have to pay my share for a roof repair?

All flat owners in a tenement building have a responsibility to maintain and manage the building. This includes their individual flat as well as the exterior and common parts of the building, such as the close and stairs, the roof, the external walls, and the foundations.

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Setting up an owners’ association: where do I start?

Setting up an owners’ association: where do I start?

In our June newsletter and on our social media, we asked for information and tips from tenement owners who have successfully set up an owners’ association. We received several responses and one owner agreed to be interviewed about their experience.

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Enquiry of the month: We don’t have a factor for our building. Who should we speak to about organising repairs?

Enquiry of the month: We don’t have a factor for our building. Who should we speak to about organising repairs?

In any tenement building, the owners are responsible for the management and maintenance of their building. If no factor has been appointed to help maintain and manage the building, then the owners will need to self-factor.

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A short guide to common building insurance

A short guide to common building insurance

All owners of tenement flats should have adequate building insurance. For landlords, building insurance is a legal requirement under the Tenements (Scotland) Act 2004. Not having an insurance policy can result in landlords failing to fulfil their legal obligations, facing significant costs if damage occurs to the property, and potentially legal action against them.

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Enquiry of the month: We don’t know who owns a flat in our building. What should we do?

Enquiry of the month: We don’t know who owns a flat in our building. What should we do?

Getting to know who the co-owners are in your building is important and it is good practice to have a list of their names and contact details. If you don’t know who owns a flat in your building, then there are things you can do to find out.

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Housing has a new minister

Housing has a new minister

In April, Paul McLennan was appointed as Scotland’s new housing minister. David Bookbinder from the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations and Jane Wood from Homes for Scotland joined hosts Jimmy Black and Kieran Findlay on the Scottish Housing News Podcast to discuss what this could mean for the Scottish housing sector.

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A short guide to title deeds

A short guide to title deeds

Title deeds are an essential part of your building’s rules. But they can be tricky to read and navigate. Use our title deeds toolkit to help you understand how to use them.

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Energy efficiency improvements

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Insulating traditional solid walls

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Asphalt flat roofs

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