Home rented out by Liz McColgan deemed ‘unfit for human habitation’

PRHP_LOGOOlympic medallist Liz McColgan has been reprimanded by a housing watchdog after she left a woman living in accommodation that was not “reasonably fit for human habitation”.

The Private Rented Housing Panel has ordered the former athlete to make urgent repairs to the three-bedroom end terraced home in Arbroath or she could face criminal proceedings.

A specially convened tribunal heard complaints that the two-storey house was beset with leaks and draughts, cracks in the walls, windows that did not fit and that there were signs of subsidence.

The panel was told the tenant now has an agreement to leave the house in September, hoping to obtain housing with the local authority.

The report read: “The committee was therefore satisfied that the landlord had failed to comply with the repairing standard in that the house was not wind and watertight and in all other respects reasonably fit for human habitation, and the structure of the house was not in a reasonable state of repair.”

Dundee-born McColgan, who took silver in the 10,000 metres event at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, acknowledged there were issues of disrepair at the house but had said there had been no unreasonable delay in addressing matters raised by the tenant.

The committee has ordered McColgan to arrange for works to be carried out and to produce a completion certificate from a qualified structural engineer.

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