Ten­ants are still wait­ing to hear fu­ture

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

A group of Aberdeen res­i­dents are still wait­ing to find out if they will be forced to leave their homes.

Those liv­ing in Aberdeen Uni­ver­sity’s Rowett homes were given no­tice early in the sum­mer about plans to sell the houses.

The res­i­dents ap­pealed to the city coun­cil to use Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment buy-back leg­is­la­tion to take on the houses, and were given as­sur­ances by the lo­cal author­ity that a de­ci­sion would be made “in the com­ing days”.

By the end of Au­gust, how­ever, no de­ci­sion had been made, although the coun­cil said the process would be com­plete in Sep­tem­ber.

“The res­i­dents of the Rowett prop­er­ties deserve clar­ity”

Yes­ter­day, a coun­cil spokes­woman said no de­ci­sion had yet been made.

She added: “This mat­ter is still un­der con­sid­er­a­tion.”

Aberdeen Don­side MSP Mark Mc­Don­ald said he has been re­ceiv­ing more con­cerned calls.

He added: “The coun­cil stated that a de­ci­sion would be made by the end of Sep­tem­ber, and yet here we are in late Oc­to­ber and no de­ci­sion has yet been reached – nor do we know when one is likely.

“This is to­tally un­ac­cept­able. The res­i­dents of the Rowett prop­er­ties deserve clar­ity about the fu­ture of their ten­an­cies.”

A uni­ver­sity spokes­woman said the in­sti­tu­tion is plan­ning on sell­ing the 19 prop­er­ties.

“Ten­ants cur­rently re­sid­ing in these prop­er­ties have been in­for­mally con­tacted in ad­vance of re­ceiv­ing any for­mal no­tice about the uni­ver­sity’s plans, and for­mal no­tice will be is­sues in due course,” she added.

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