Moves to improve property management standards
Monday, 26 September 2011 15:08
New law to protect homeowners
The public is being invited to have their say on new rules planned to set minimum standards for the property and land management industry, the Scottish Government will announce today.
A 12-week public consultation has been launched on a Code of Conduct as part of the Property Factors (Scotland) Act 2011, a new law passed by the Scottish Parliament earlier this year.
Property managers administer communal areas, roofs and stairwells in an estimated 225,000 flats and tenements across Scotland. Land maintenance companies look after the common green space on many housing estates.
The main aim of the Act, which comes into force by 1 October 2012, is to provide protection for homeowners in Scotland who receive services from property factors.
Compulsory registration for all property factors and a dispute resolution route for homeowners will also be introduced.
The consultation will run from Monday 26 September until Friday 16 December.
Angus MacDonald MSP said:
"Property managers have an important role to play in maintaining and improving housing stock condition and open space. While the majority of property factors provide a good, effective service, the Scottish Parliament voiced concerns about how some property and land management services are delivered.
“The Act will provide protection for homeowners in Scotland who receive services and the Code of Conduct is a central element of that Act.”
“I would urge everyone with an interest in this important issue to respond to the consultation.”
During the consultation period the Scottish Government will hold a series of consultation workshops for property factors and for homeowners/members of the public. Further details will be published shortly on the Consultation section of Scottish Government’s website.
The Act was introduced as a Member’s Bill by Patricia Ferguson MSP and the Scottish Government supported the Bill and worked with Ms Ferguson to make the legislation as effective as possible.