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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-18090: Graham Simpson (Central Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 8 August 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how it will implement energy efficiency measures in mixed-tenure tenements for social rent and private rented sector properties if shared approval for costs by all owners is not achieved.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 30 August 2018

The Scottish Government recognises the challenges associated with repairs and improvements, including the installation of energy efficiency measures, in mixed-tenure tenements where there can be social and private tenants as well as owner occupiers. Support is provided for private sector households as well as social landlords to help ensure that measures are installed in mixed tenure properties, focusing primarily upon helping households that are in fuel poverty and vulnerable to cold weather.

At the parliamentary debate on the condition of tenement housing stock on 23 May, the agreed motion included a commitment to carry out a review of relevant legislation and how tenements can be better maintained and enhanced. This will include consideration of potential costs and collective maintenance by owners and will also look at the best role for property factors. Discussions are underway on how best to take this forward.

The review will be mindful of existing and proposed energy efficiency standards, including associated costs, and how these can best be met in mixed-tenure tenements.