Dunfermline MSP says ‘respond to property consultation’

A Dunfermline MSP is keen to see constituents taking part in a public consultation on property and land management issues.

Bill Walker, SNP MSP for Dunfermline, is urging constituents to have their say on new rules planned to set minimum standards for the property and land management industry.

The Scottish Government is holding a 12-week public consultation 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.

Minister for Housing and Transport Keith Brown, 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.”

Commenting on the consultation, Mr Walker said: “I am often approached by constituents who feel their concerns are not being addressed by Factors or property managers. This is an issue which many residents in the Duloch area feel particularly strongly about. I urge all those with issues around Factoring to respond to this consultation.”