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  • Submitted by: Ben Macpherson, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish National Party.
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 24 October 2017
  • Motion reference: S5M-08354
  • Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, 09 January 2018

That the Parliament recognises that a significant proportion of people in Edinburgh and across Scotland live in tenement buildings; believes that the maintenance of communal property, otherwise known as the common parts or “Scheme Property” as defined in the Tenements (Scotland) Act 2004, in tenements is essential to the upkeep of the buildings and the standard of living for owner occupiers and tenants; understands with concern that, in many cases, such Scheme Property is in a state of disrepair, degradation or deterioration; believes that current legislation is not consistently fulfilling its intention to encourage owners to establish effective arrangements for managing communal repairs and undertaking maintenance; acknowledges the various potential solutions put forward by groups and individuals in the housing sector to help address this issue, and notes the view that, for the wellbeing of owner occupiers and tenants and to sustain and enhance the country's urban infrastructure and environments, the government should review the situation and consider any legislative changes, new initiatives, enhanced use of existing rules and/or further action by local authorities that could facilitate improved upkeep of Scheme Property.

Supported by: Tom Arthur, Jackie Baillie, Jeremy Balfour, Miles Briggs, Graeme Dey, Bob Doris, Jenny Gilruth, Clare Haughey, Daniel Johnson, Alison Johnstone, Gordon Lindhurst, Richard Lyle, Lewis Macdonald, Fulton MacGregor, Gillian Martin, John Mason, Joan McAlpine, Ivan McKee (Registered interest) , Stuart McMillan, Alex Neil, Ash Regan, Gail Ross, Alex Rowley, Graham Simpson, Stewart Stevenson, David Torrance, Sandra White, Andy Wightman