Fo­cus: Ten­e­ments

AS new ini­tia­tive Un­der One Roof launches to of­fer advice and guid­ance to Scot­land’s thou­sands of ten­e­ment home own­ers, we present a cou­ple of tra­di­tional Vic­to­rian op­tions that high­light ten­e­ment liv­ing at its very best ….

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THIS week also sees the launch of Un­, a new and in­for­ma­tive web­site aimed at the half mil­lion plus pri­vate flat own­ers in Scot­land in ad­di­tion to prop­erty man­agers, ar­chi­tects and sur­vey­ors, com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions and advice work­ers.

Writ­ten by hous­ing con­sul­tant An­nie Flint and con­ser­va­tion ar­chi­tect John Gilbert (co-au­thors of The Ten­e­ment Hand­book, pub­lished in 1994) and pro­duced by the Royal In­cor­po­ra­tion of Ar­chi­tects in Scot­land (RIAS) as part of the Scot­tish Govern­ment’s Year of In­no­va­tion, Ar­chi­tec­ture and De­sign, Un­der One Roof is de­signed to help own­ers un­der­stand their rights and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

It is also de­signed to arm own­ers with the in­for­ma­tion they need to un­der­stand quo­ta­tions from trades providers and en­sure they al­ways re­ceive good value for money.

Ten­e­ments form over a quar­ter of the hous­ing stock in Scot­land and while most are tra­di­tional sand­stone res­i­den­tial blocks – con­trary to pop­u­lar mis­con­cep­tion – houses that have been di­vided into flats, mod­ern high-rise blocks, four-in-a-block and of­fice blocks also fall within the def­i­ni­tion.

And all of these are cov­ered by the Ten­e­ments (Scot­land) Act 2004.

Many tra­di­tional ten­e­ments are old and in ur­gent need of re­pair and only when things go wrong do own­ers re­alise the com­plex­ity of shar­ing a close and liv­ing un­der the same roof as oth­ers. But why wait un­til then?

Com­ment­ing on the launch of Un­, An­nie Flint says: “Own­ers of all ages of build­ing have prob­lems with work­ing out what needs done to main­tain their prop­erty val­ues – how to deal with neigh­bours, what their rights and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties are or what’s go­ing wrong with their build­ing.

“But own­ers of older stone ten­e­ments can have the ad­di­tional chal­lenge of ar­cane ti­tle deeds and stone build­ings that weren’t de­signed to cope with weather con­di­tions brought about by cli­mate change.

“Ev­ery­one in the prop­erty in­dus­try – whether it be the Scot­tish Govern­ment, lo­cal coun­cils, hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tions, pri­vate fac­tors or con­ser­va­tion spe­cial­ists – recog­nises that the prob­lems own­ers have in car­ry­ing out com­mon re­pairs are lead­ing to a back­log of these re­pairs that could cost bil­lions to deal with right across Scot­land.

“That’s why they have all swung be­hind us at RIAS to make all the vi­tal in­for­ma­tion own­ers need freely avail­able on line.”

Fixed price £260k

VAL­UED: Sev­eral or­gan­i­sa­tions are now join­ing forces to care for ten­e­ments.

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