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Taking legal action
Taking legal action

If you have a dispute with a co-owner that you have been unable to resolve through meetings and discussions, you can use mediation or go to the Sheriff Court to…

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Solicitors
Solicitors

If you are considering legal action, it is worth talking to a solicitor first. You may be able to get a free first interview or legal aid - ask your…

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Below Tolerable Standard (BTS)
Below Tolerable Standard (BTS)

If your property is Below Tolerable Standard (BTS), your house is classed as being unfit for human habitation. You may be able to get additional help to bring the property…

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Enforcing a judgement
Enforcing a judgement

Once you have a court judgement, if the debtor does not immediately pay up, you will need to enforce payment of the debt. Enforcing the decision At this stage, you…

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Using the Simple Procedure
Using the Simple Procedure

If you have followed correct procedures and your co-owners still won't pay their share for common or mutual repairs, you can use the new Simple Procedure claims action at the…

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Example Simple Procedure claim
Example Simple Procedure claim

An example of what you might write on the Simple Procedure claim form. You can 

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Defending a Simple Procedure claim
Defending a Simple Procedure claim

If a Simple Procedure claim is made against you and you do nothing about it, the court will almost automatically grant an order against you. If you have a court…

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Legal glossary
Legal glossary

A list of the legal terms you may find in your title deeds or may need if you use Simple Procedures. Arranged alphabetically. Where a term is in italics, it…

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Dealing with antisocial behaviour

What is antisocial behaviour?
What is antisocial behaviour?

Antisocial behaviour is behaving in a way that is causing or is likely to result in alarm, intimidation, or distress. It can include a sequence of activities that has these…

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Action on antisocial behaviour
Action on antisocial behaviour

The approach you take to dealing with antisocial behaviour will depend on the type of problems you are experiencing and your own confidence in dealing with people. You may feel more…

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Is the noise excessive?
Is the noise excessive?

Opinions on what is noisy can vary, so the Scottish Government has set out guidelines for councils to follow. You can check noise levels yourself with a smartphone app, but…

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Dealing with noise
Dealing with noise

If you are suffering from noise caused by the everyday living activities of your neighbours, there are a number of things you can do to improve sound insulation. Noise caused…

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Antisocial tenants
Antisocial tenants

Your council, and any housing association or private landlord, should take measures against tenants who breach their tenancy conditions, which includes antisocial behaviour. The landlord should speak to their tenant,…

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Difficult conversations
Difficult conversations

When you need to speak to a neighbour, prepare yourself in advance. Be prepared first of all, get your facts in order, so you know what options are available to both…

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Community mediation
Community mediation

Community mediation is designed to help with neighbour problems. Both parties must be willing to take part. An independent mediator will listen to the views of both you and your…

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Council help with antisocial behaviour
Council help with antisocial behaviour

Your local council has legal powers to take action against noise and health hazards. Contact the Environmental Health, Antisocial Behaviour, or Community Safety Teams. The types of action that the council can…

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Police help with antisocial behaviour
Police help with antisocial behaviour

The police can take action (and seek a conviction) on any antisocial behaviour which is a criminal offence. Antisocial behaviour which can be considered criminal includes: vandalism attacking another person…

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Providing evidence
Providing evidence

Council officers and police need proof of antisocial behaviour. They may be able to provide this themselves, but you can also help, and its simple and safe to do. You…

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Managing and maintaining a tenement building can be difficult. Under One Roof offers a free enquiry service that allows you to ask specific questions relating to your building.

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Below ground level

Your tenement may have a basement, sometimes used for living accommodation or sometimes used for storage, cellars or wash-houses. These buildings will often also have a 'dunny' between the basement…

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Energy efficiency improvements

Adding insulation and draught-proofing can save money and the planet but in…

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Insulating traditional solid walls

Recent research suggests that traditional solid stone or brick walls provide better…

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Flat roofs

Flat roofs can be found on buildings of all ages. They can…

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Asphalt flat roofs

On stone tenements, asphalt roofs are found on: 'high backs' - raised backcourt…

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