Fire dam­aged flats set for coun­cil takeover, re­pairs and so­cial rent

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY DREW SANDELANDS Lo­cal Democ­racy Re­porter

FIRE-HIT flats in Pri­esthill which have been ruled un­in­hab­it­able could be com­pul­sory pur­chased by the coun­cil and trans­ferred to a hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion.

Rose­hill Hous­ing Co-op­er­a­tive would carry out re­pairs to eight Raven­scraig Drive prop­er­ties be­fore mak­ing them avail­able for so­cial rent.

Glas­gow coun­cil­lors are be­ing asked to back the plan when they meet on Thurs­day.

The flats have been ly­ing empty for three years af­ter a fire in late Oc­to­ber 2016.

“The build­ing was the sub­ject of fire dam­age and res­i­dents in all of the flats were evac­u­ated as a re­sult,” Richard Brown, the coun­cil’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of re­gen­er­a­tion and the econ­omy said. “The prop­er­ties are presently un­in­hab­it­able and the close is boarded up.”

Glas­gow City Coun­cil is work­ing with Rose­hill Hous­ing Co-op­er­a­tive (RHC) to “tackle the prob­lems of poor poverty con­di­tion, empty homes” and a high con­cen­tra­tion of poorly man­aged pri­vate lets in the area.

“Es­sen­tial re­pairs will be car­ried out to the com­mon ar­eas of the build­ing and all of the flats will be the sub­ject of in­ter­nal re­fur­bish­ment works and let for so­cial rent,” Mr Brown said.

“By ob­tain­ing full own­er­ship of the build­ing, this will al­low RHC to take on the fac­tor­ing of the prop­erty.”

All costs, in­clud­ing the own­ers’ claims for com­pen­sa­tion, would be met by RHC, with fund­ing pro­vided by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s af­ford­able hous­ing sup­ply pro­gramme.

RHC has been pre­pared to ac­quire the flats on a vol­un­tary ba­sis, of­fer­ing val­u­a­tions which “re­flected the con­di­tion of the prop­er­ties”.

“Own­ers have been ad­vised that they are re­spon­si­ble for the re­in­state­ment works to their build­ing and this work would in nor­mal cir­cum­stances be cov­ered by the own­ers’ build­ing in­sur­ance,” a re­port by Mr Brown states.

“Only five out of eight own­ers have in­di­cated that

[email protected] evening­times. their prop­er­ties are in­sured although it is not known to what ex­tent.

“Those own­ers who have con­sid­ered selling have stated that they want the full mar­ket val­u­a­tion for their flats while pur­su­ing a pay­out from their in­sur­ance com­pany.”

Own­ers will be given the op­por­tu­nity to sell on a vol­un­tary ba­sis prior to con­fir­ma­tion of a com­pul­sory pur­chase or­der.

Eight flats in Pri­esthill were dam­aged by fire in 2016

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