Glasgow council to improve tenement housing

Glasgow City Council has approved a partnership strategy with Govan Housing Association to improve the condition of existing homes. 

As part of this partnership, the council has said that they will improve the condition of 76,000 pre-1919 homes, focusing on homes in the Ibrox and Cessnock areas.

The council has already begun investigating these homes, with many declared as dangerous with recognised work and improvements needed.

Through the partnership, a number of objectives have been agreed:

  1. Tackle disrepair within the pre-1919 tenement stock
  2. Create a programme of preventative maintenance by eliminating poor private landlord practice
  3. Bringing empty homes and abandoned ground floor shops back into use for social housing
  4. Address environmental issues

The council will use compulsory purchase orders (CPO) to acquire some of the properties, transferring ownership to Govan Housing Association.

They will also use the CPO to target empty homes in order to bring them back into use.

The council use the Private Landlord Registration to ensure that landlords provide information on fire, gas, electric safety, smoke detection, energy performance and building insurance.

Cllr Kenny McLean, the city convener for neighbourhoods, housing and public realm for Glasgow City Council, said: ‘Tackling the condition of pre-1919 homes in Glasgow is an essential part of our work to increase the supply and improve the quality of homes in the city.

‘This partnership between the council and Govan Housing Association will see us working closely with owners, landlords, the local community and other organisations to ensure the area has the housing and environment it deserves.’

Glasgow City Council is working to improve its city centre for residents and visitors, nine districts in Glasgow City Centre have already or will have a District Regeneration Framework (DRF), with a ten-year project agreed in the St Enoch area.

The DRF for each district will outline the various short and long-term actions that the council hopes will bring about economic, environmental and social improvements to the ara.

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Pippa Neill


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