Under One Roof took part in the second meeting of the Scottish Parliament’s Tenement Maintenance Working Group in February.
Four MSPs attended the meeting, including Graham Simpson (Conservative), Daniel Johnson (Labour), Kaukab Stewart (SNP), and John Mason (SNP). Under One Roof and Built Environment Forum Scotland, who act as secretariat for the group, provided updates to professionals in the built environment sector, such as factors, architects and surveyors, local authority housing officers, and MSPs.
The aim of the working group is to look for legislative fixes to address issues around contacting absent owners, tied votes when attempting common repairs, and dealing with lingering issues related to rateable value.
These issues carry on from the group’s original proposals that the Scottish Government has agreed to legislate for:
- mandatory owners’ associations – will make it easier for owners to work together to carry out necessary repairs
- five-yearly tenement building inspections – help to identify necessary repairs and improve maintenance knowledge
- compulsory building reserve funds – will make it easier for owners to secure the money to pay for repairs