Contact us

If you have any comments to make on the site and its content, please email us. We would really like to hear about your successes and failures and will use your stories to improve the site. 

If you need individual advice about your own situation, use our ask a tenement expert enquiry service.

To contact the Chief Executive, Mike Heffron, email mike@underoneroof.scot.

Who are we?

Under One Roof is Scotland's only charity dedicated to providing impartial information to the more than half a million tenement flat owners, and related professionals, on issues related to tenement management, maintenance, and retrofit. 

It seeks to improve the lives of tenement flat owners by promoting the upkeep of their buildings, and by working with local and national government, and housing professionals, to make this upkeep easier and more affordable.

Who is this site for?

This site is for owners of all types of common property and their advisers.

Owners of:

  • traditional stone tenements
  • newly built apartment blocks
  • ex local authority tenements and four-in-a-blocks
  • converted houses


  • property managers in all sectors
  • architects and surveyors
  • community organisations
  • advice workers

Advisers: please read our copyright section before using any material.

How to use this site

The information provided on this website is designed to help you understand your rights and responsibilities and to understand what professionals tell you.  

The technical information on repairs is designed to help you spot problems with your building and then understand quotations from builders, so you can get the best job carried out at the best price.

But, every building and every group of owners is unique and so are their problems. And problems seldom come singly. So the information on this site can only act as general guidance. It is not 'advice' or a recommended course of action, which can only be given in the light of full knowledge of your particular situation or building. 

When it comes to action, you should always seek professional help with anything more than a simple problem - it will generally pay in the long run.

Legal disclaimer


None at this time.

Website authors and consultants

Annie Flint BSc

Housing consultant and researcher; co-author of 'The Tenement Handbook: A Practical Guide to Living in a Tenement', 'Common Repair Common Sense', and many other guides for owners, community organisations, and professionals.

John Gilbert BSc MSc RIAS DUniv

Conservation architect; John has 40 years experience of repairing, improving, and maintaining tenements and a variety of housing types. He is now retired but still provides consultancy for Under One Roof and his old practice www.johngilbert.co.uk.

We are grateful to many people for providing and checking information, including:

  • Members of the Steering Group
  • Jim Bauld of TC Young Solicitors
  • Gordon Douglas of Hacking and Patterson
  • Scott McDonald of Traditional Roofing and Building
  • Ben Adam of David Narro Associates
  • Alistair Petrie of Punch Consulting
  • Pat Hoey, West Dunbartonshire Council, Public Health and Pollution Team
  • Daniel Bourke (additional technical research)

Board of Trustees

The site is governed by a Board of Trustees whose members include funders, technical experts, and user representatives. All our Trustees serve in a personal capacity, but all bring a wealth of housing expertise to the Board, and many are tenement owners. 


Under One Roof is registered as a charity in Scotland. Our charity number is SC050495. 

Prior to October 2020, Under One Roof Scotland partnered with Changeworks, one of Scotland's largest environmental charities, and the Royal Incorporation of Architects, who in 2016 helped launch the Under One Roof website as part of the Scottish Government's Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

Who are our funders?

Our funders come from across private and public sources and the range of our funding allows us to remain impartial and independent whilst understanding the restrictions on all the parties involved in the repairing process.

Privacy policy

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