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.
In April, Paul McLennan was appointed as Scotland’s new housing minister. 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.
Most people who live in a tenement block have access to the back communal outdoor area, such as a garden or a courtyard. However, those living in main door flats, flats accessed from outside rather than via a communal stairwell, are often not permitted to use the communal outdoor area.
In March, the Scottish Government published updates to the Repairing Standard for landlords, due to come into effect from 1st March 2024.
The Repairing Standard “outlines the legal and contractual obligations private landlords are required to meet to ensure that a privately let property meets a minimum physical standard.” (Scottish Government)
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).
Staff at 91BC Property Services took part in Under One Roof’s first tenement training session in February. Our Training and Education Officer, Jacqueline Omoniyi, shared her expertise with the team from 91BC, a factoring company based in Drumchapel, Glasgow.
We have been receiving questions via our enquiry service on our website. Here’s an example of the difficulties tenement owners are facing when it comes to recovering costs and what options are available.