Cllr MacLaren welcomes moves to overhaul Tenement maintenance legislation

“The maintenance of common property in tenements is an important issue for many people in Paisley and Renfrewshire and this report hopes to update the relevant legislation”, said Councillor Kenny MacLaren (SNP – Paisley Northwest) commenting on an interim report by the Working Group on Maintenance of Tenement Scheme Property which consists of MSPs and housing experts.

The report will open up discussion on this important issue and includes suggestions such as regular inspections, ownership associations and sinking funds being required to improve and protect tenement buildings across Scotland.

Recommendations cover three areas and how these aspects could operate and be implemented:
• The Common Parts of all tenements should be inspected every five years and a report prepared that will be publicly available to existing or prospective owners and tenants, neighbours and policy makers
• Establishing compulsory owners’ associations
• Sinking Funds should be introduced on a compulsory basis, ensure regular affordable payments contribute to a growing fund to deal with future major expenditure.

Councillor Kenny MacLaren added:

“Repairs to common property within tenements can be fraught with difficulties, trying to ensure that all owners contribute to repairs. The ideas within this report will help to open up discussion on these issues and help contribute to reformed legislation.

Kevin Stewart MSP, minister for local government, housing and planning, said:

“I encourage everyone with an interest in the issues raised by this report to respond to the working group’s recommendations. This government will give serious consideration to the proposals in the final report.”