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Podcast of month: Housing has a new minister

In April, Paul McLennan was appointed as Scotland’s new housing minister.

“My aim is for everyone to have a warm, safe, affordable home that meets their needs…”  –  Paul McLennan

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.  

Black’s Blog: A new minister… a new beginning?

Although McLennan is now the dedicated housing minister, there remains at least five ministers and five cabinet secretaries across five departments covering areas relevant to housing. 

It is near impossible to have neat categories within government. But both David and Jane noted the importance for understanding and cooperation across different areas. Jane also called for greater recognition of the overlaps between the directorates, as well as the need for more data-evidenced policymaking and cross-referencing of data for the housing sector. 

David suggested that the new housing minister should focus on improving the state of private and tenement housing, especially older tenements.

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With the ongoing transition to net zero, there are more and more electric vehicles on the roads to help reduce carbon emissions. In December 2021, 21.4% of all new car sales in Scotland were electric. But if you live in a flat without off-street parking, where can charging points for electric vehicles be installed? 

The story of Under One Roof: a conversation with co-founder Annie Flint

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Under One Roof’s response to the Heat in Buildings Bill Consultation

Scotland has set a target to reach net zero by 2045. As part of reaching this target, the Heat in Buildings bill proposes to make new laws around how we heat our homes and buildings to increase their energy efficiency and reduce their emissions output. Under One Roof responded to the Heat in Buildings Bill Consultation to highlight the importance of considering the unique position of tenement flat owner-occupiers and landlords when it comes to transitioning to net zero and zero emissions heating systems.

Electric vehicle charging and tenements: what to do?

With the ongoing transition to net zero, there are more and more electric vehicles on the roads to help reduce carbon emissions. In December 2021, 21.4% of all new car sales in Scotland were electric. But if you live in a flat without off-street parking, where can charging points for electric vehicles be installed? 

The story of Under One Roof: a conversation with co-founder Annie Flint

This International Women’s Day, we’re delving into the archives of Blocktalk, the podcast for UK Property Management Professionals, hosted by Brian Welsh, Managing Director of CPL Software. In a conversation recorded back in March 2022, Annie Flint, co-founder of Under One Roof, shares her journey and insights into the world of tenement living and property management.

What is retrofit?

Retrofit refers to the strategic improvement of existing buildings, so that they are better able to meet modern energy efficiency standards. It can involve installing a new low to zero-emissions heating system in a building or simply adding double glazing, with the common aim of decreasing energy consumption and reducing carbon emission outputs from homes. 

Under One Roof’s response to the Heat in Buildings Bill Consultation

Scotland has set a target to reach net zero by 2045. As part of reaching this target, the Heat in Buildings bill proposes to make new laws around how we heat our homes and buildings to increase their energy efficiency and reduce their emissions output. Under One Roof responded to the Heat in Buildings Bill Consultation to highlight the importance of considering the unique position of tenement flat owner-occupiers and landlords when it comes to transitioning to net zero and zero emissions heating systems.

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With the ongoing transition to net zero, there are more and more electric vehicles on the roads to help reduce carbon emissions. In December 2021, 21.4% of all new car sales in Scotland were electric. But if you live in a flat without off-street parking, where can charging points for electric vehicles be installed? 

Help and information

If you live in any kind of building containing flats, you have rights and responsibilities, along with your co-owners, to maintain and manage your building.
But, every building is different, so get professional help for anything more than a simple problem. 

Working with your neighbours will make sure you always deal with problems fairly and help maintain harmony in your building.

Repairs are inevitable and need to be tackled quickly before more damage is caused.

Follow these steps to ensure the repairs process goes smoothly and all owners pay their share.

Not satisfied with your flat? Check out what you can and can’t do to your flat to alter and improve it before deciding to sell and move on.