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Buildings in common ownership in Scotland
The repair and maintenance of buildings in common ownership in Scotland presents some unique problems which legislation has failed to improve. The Scottish Home Buyer’s Report could provide a market ‘nudge’ in the right direction but currently fails to do so. Attempts to improve matters through Local Authority enforcement have also proved disastrous. This is an important issue because shortcomings in the care and conservation of this major part of the housing stock of Scotland, whether pre or post World War 1, have considerable resource and social implications. Although the legal systems are different, lessons may also be applicable in other parts of the UK.
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David Gibbon is a Chartered Building Surveyor (MRICS) and Chartered Building Engineer (MCABE). He is also accredited in Conservation by RICS (RICS Certified Historic Buildings Professional). He has over 35 years of post-qualification experience. He is one of the founding directors of GLM, a firm of chartered building surveyors, architects and project managers based in Edinburgh. The practice undertakes a wide range of alteration, refurbishment, repair and conservation projects to historic, traditional and modern buildings along with pre-acquisition surveys of old, unusual, historic and dilapidated buildings including tenemental buildings in Scotland.