Annie Macfarlane, Vice Chairperson of Govanhill Housing Association and a local resident, said:
“Designating four tenement blocks that contain some of Govanhill’s poorest quality housing as Scotland’s first Enhanced Enforcement Area (EEA) is an important step forward.
“As a resident in South-West Govanhill, I am well aware that some people in the area endure appalling living conditions, often due to rogue landlords.
“The Association worked closely with Glasgow City Council to support its submission. EEA status is an essential part of the toolkit needed to address these problems as it will provide the council with additional powers to enter and inspect rented properties, deal with overcrowding, carry out works and take action against landlords if necessary.
“The EEA designation will complement the work the Association is carrying out in the area, including the South-West Govanhill Property Acquisition and Repair Programme, a two-year pilot announced earlier this year. The purpose of the programme is to buy, repair, let and then manage up to 80 properties from private owners and landlords in the four tenement blocks that have been designated an EEA. We will also take on factoring where we have majority ownership.
“The aims are to provide better living conditions and tackle overcrowding in the area, while also helping to deliver a more effective system of property management and maintenance. It is likely that a more comprehensive approach will be needed in the future if a sustainable solution is to be delivered.
“As a community controlled and owned organisation, we are determined to play our part in improving the homes and lives of people in the whole of Govanhill. We believe in local people leading the way and we continue to work with tenants, residents and landlords to promote a responsible approach to property maintenance and management.”
ENDS 21 September 2015
Notes to editors:
- Established in 1974, Govanhill Housing Association is a community controlled and owned housing association. We own and manage more than 2,300 homes and provide a factoring service to a further 1,150 owners.
- The South-West Govanhill Property Acquisition and Repair Programme has identified four tenement blocks – between Annette Street, Dixon Avenue, Westmoreland Street and Calder Street – where Glasgow City Council has already undertaken or funded repair works over the past six years or where works are still required. The target area contains a total of 579 properties within 78 tenements, with the Association currently owning around 40 properties and providing factoring services in five tenements. The Scottish Government has provided a grant of £4.3 million to purchase and improve the properties for social letting. Glasgow City Council will supplement the funding with £5 million from its affordable homes and property repairs budgets.