RICS Scotland to host parliamentary reception on tenement maintenance

RICS Scotland will hold a parliamentary reception early next year as a working group formed to tackle the quality of Scotland’s tenement buildings prepares to publish its first report.

Over the last year, the issue of tenement repair and maintenance has been rising up the Scottish parliamentary agenda.

During a parliamentary debate in January, SNP MSP Ben Macpherson called for the Scottish Government to review current legislation and mechanisms for facilitating communal repairs, and to consider any potential legislative changes and new initiatives that could help owners to better maintain their tenements, which are the most common type of dwelling in Scotland.

A cross party Working Group on Maintenance of Tenement Scheme Property was then established in March. The group comprises a number of MSP from all parliamentary parties and sector experts, and has the primary objective to produce a solutions report in summer 2019.

In May the Scottish Parliament voted to review existing tenement maintenance legislation and consider the implementation of mandatory tenement health checks.

Sponsored by shadow minister for housing and communities, Graham Simpson MSP, a parliamentary reception will be held in the Fairfax Somerville Room at the Scottish Parliament on January 16, 2019.

The working group will be publishing an interim report prior to the event, which will offer the opportunity to also hear from minister for local government, housing and planning – Kevin Stewart MSP and RICS managing director UK and Ireland, Matt Howell.

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