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Committee asks if building repairs legislation is the right fix

The Defective and Dangerous Buildings (Recovery of Expenses) (Scotland) Bill has recently been introduced into Scottish Parliament. The Local Government and Regeneration Committee is now seeking evidence from though who would be affected by the Bill which seeks to bring in ‘charging orders’ which will allow local authorities to recover their costs and expenses where they have carried out work to defective and dangerous buildings.

Committee Convener Kevin Stewart MSP said:

“Safeguarding the public from defective and dangerous buildings is an important role for local authorities across Scotland. Clearly any measures which seek to improve the ability of local authorities to undertake these repairs are to be welcomed.”

“However, what our Committee wants to know is whether the proposals contained within the Bill will work in practice and if this is really the best way to ensure that local authorities are confident they can recover costs of bringing buildings back into a good state of repair. Only by hearing from those who would be affected can we ensure if this is indeed the case.”

The Committee is keen to hear from all those who have an interest in the Bill. In particular, the Committee would like to know:

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of the proposed Bill?
  • Whether the Bill will improve local authority’s ability to undertake repairs to dangerous and defective buildings.
  • Where the initial capital required can be found?
  • Where the owner of a building is not known how will the Bill improve on the current situation?
  • Why is the approach in this Bill preferable to that of the Scottish Government in their recent Community Empowerment consultation?”

A Briefing Note summarising the Bill and the call for evidence has been prepared for members. Please access the Members' section for a copy.

The closing date for submissions is 31 January 2014. Members with an interest should contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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