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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S4W-30409
Asked by: Kevin Stewart, Aberdeen Central, Scottish National Party
Date lodged: 8 March 2016

Question

To ask the Scottish Government whether it would consider giving greater powers to property owners to enforce communal maintenance and non-essential repairs.

Current status: Answered by Margaret Burgess on 17 March 2016


Answer

If any owner refuses to pay his or her share of repairs, the obligation to pay can be enforced in the sheriff court by any owner or anyone authorised by an owner or owners. The Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 introduces new discretionary powers for local authorities to pay missing shares on behalf of owners who are unwilling or unable to comply with decisions made by the majority of other owners. We will further consider common repairs in the work of the stakeholder forum on a common housing standard.