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Question 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. 

Owner-occupiers 

A simple way to contact your co-owners if they are owner-occupiers is to post a note through their door with your contact details, asking them to get in touch with you. If this doesn’t work, you can obtain a copy of the title sheet to the property from the Registers of Scotland for a small fee. This document will tell you who the legal owner of the property is and their last known address at the time of the property purchase. 

Landlords 

If your co-owner is a landlord, you can search for their details on the Register of Private Landlords using their landlord registration number or the postcode of the rental property. Alternatively, you may be able to ask the tenants for the name of the flat owner. If the landlord uses a letting agent, the tenants may give you the letting agent’s details instead.  

Factored building 

If your building is factored, then your factor will hold information about your co-owners and may be able to pass on communication.  

Empty home 

If you think a flat in your building might be empty, it is beneficial to contact your council’s Empty Homes Officer if they have one. If not, you can contact the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership who will be able to assist you with trying to find out who owns the property. 

Know all your co-owners? Consider setting up an owners’ association 

If you already know all your co-owners, it is good practice to set up an owners’ association. This doesn’t necessarily need to be a formal arrangement, simply having something like a group chat on Whatsapp can make communication and looking after your building easier. 

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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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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.