Glasgow council to save shabby building with huge £326,000 repairs after landlord refuses

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Council bosses are spending £326,000 to carry out lifesaving repairs to a dilapidated building on the south side of Glasgow which is privately owned.

The owners are unwilling or unable to carry out the work themselves at 318 Langside Road – so the local authority has intervened.

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The windows of the building on the ground floor are boarded up, its garden is strewn with rubbish and it requires enormous construction work.

Stoneware, plaster, roof coverings and stairs near the property need to be replaced or repaired. Drainage work and treatment of rot and moisture in the wood must also be undertaken among other measures.

The council plans to recover the costs, either directly from the owners or when the building is eventually sold.

Councilor Ken Andrew, SNP asked why the council was undertaking building repairs when they no longer had any housing stock.

The issue was discussed at the Contracts and Property Committee last week and it is unclear whether there are people living in the building.

Speaking after the meeting, Councilor Andrew said council sometimes needed to intervene ‘before the fabric of a building is badly damaged’ and that intervention protects properties.

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Commenting on the outlay to the council, Labor Councilor James Scanlon asked: ‘How will the council be paid after the work is done if people can’t afford it at the moment? How are they going to afford it once the job is done? »



Langside Road building needs major work



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An official told the meeting that if the money is not repaid, the council will be able to recoup the costs plus interest when the property is put up for sale.

The manager said: “The aim is to bring this building which is in very poor condition to an appropriate level.”

He continued: ‘It’s safe to say the council will get their money back, but it may take a bit of time. But the longer the repayment charge remains on the property interest accumulates. The interest can become considerable if someone leaves it hanging for a while.

The council said it ‘is dealing with the substantial decay of this property under Section 30 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006. The owners of the property have been unwilling or unwilling been able to carry out these repairs themselves, which resulted in the intervention of Glasgow City Council as the local authority, within the powers conferred by the above Act.

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