This information is for owners in tenement/flatted properties or any property that has communal areas in a building that has mixed ownership.
Communal repairs are usually in areas that people share such as common rooms or stairwells or for shared facilities such as doors and lifts. They can include:
- repairs to door entry system,
- lock repairs to communal doors,
- glazing repairs to doors or stairway windows,
- roof and gutter repairs,
- external walls, and
- any other part of the property within the Title Deeds set out as being the property of two or more owners.
The cost for such repairs will be shared by everyone who owns a property in the building.
Anything serving only one flat, including the door from the stair, its windows and the inside of walls, floors and ceilings to the halfway point with the next property. You are solely responsible for all repairs and maintenance to your own flat.
Mutual property is anything used by two or more flats including the stairs, stair windows, chimneystacks, service cables, pipes etc. Repairs to mutual parts of the building should be paid for equally by all who use that part – unless your Deeds say otherwise.
Scheme (Common) Property
This is the most important part of the new law. It outlines all the parts of the building where maintenance is paid for by all owners. These include: the roof, the foundations, external walls and any other part of the property which the Title Deeds set out as being the property of two or more owners.
It is important to note that paying for roof repairs now becomes the responsibility of every owner in the building – unless your Deeds say otherwise.
It is important that everyone in the building is aware of the process involved in undertaking a communal repair.
If Aberdeen City Council identify a repair which requires action, we will contact owners/occupiers in the affected building to seek permission to carry out the repair and advise you of the cost for which you are responsible.
If you identify a repair in a communal area, we will pay the share of the cost for any council tenants located and responsible for their share of the work.
Urgent or emergency repairs
In the event tenants report an urgent or emergency repair, the Council will carry fix the issue, or at least make the area safe. In an emergency we will respond within 4 hours. Any repair classified as urgent will be responded to within 24 hours. We will seek to notify owners/occupiers as soon as possible to inform you of the work carried out and any associated costs.
If an owner identifies an emergency repair and can evidence its urgency, then we will pay the share of costs for council tenants.
Arranging your own communal repair
As owners you have a right to arrange your own communal repairs. If you identify a communal repair(s) you may wish to discuss it with your neighbours and other residents in the building. You and your fellow owners could consider using an architect, property manager or surveyor when deciding which projects are the most urgent.
If you are arranging your own communal repair and we own more than one property within the building, try to get at least 3 quotes to submit to communal repairs for review. We usually ask for 3 comparable quotes to ensure owners are getting best value.
To discuss, or submit quotes for communal repairs please email email@example.com