Tenements (Scotland) Bill

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered at on 20 March 2003.

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Photo of Pauline McNeill Pauline McNeill Labour

Question S1W-34746

To ask the Scottish Executive when the consultation paper on the proposed Tenements (Scotland) Bill will be published and how long the consultation period will be.

Photo of Jim Wallace Jim Wallace Liberal Democrat

The Consultation Paper on the proposed Tenements (Scotland) Bill is published today. The bill is based upon the recommendations of the Scottish Law Commission in their 1998 Report on the Law of the Tenement (Scot Law Com No 162). The draft bill included in the paper is an updated version of the commission’s draft bill. It has been revised to take account of the provisions of the Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 and the Title Conditions (Scotland) Bill which passed Stage 3 on 26 February.

I would like to thank the Scottish Law Commission for all their exhaustive and meticulous work in reviewing the current law of tenements and in proposing modernising reforms.

The bill will modernise and re-state the law of the tenement in modern statutory language. It sets out a framework for the management and maintenance of tenements which should make it easier for owners in a tenement to reach agreement on matters of mutual interest and concern and to ensure that their homes are well maintained.

Any decision on the introduction of the Tenements Bill will be for the incoming administration after the election.

Copies of the Consultation Paper will be sent to the relevant Parliamentary Committees and will be available in the Parliament’s Reference Centre. Further copies will be available from Deirdre Duffy, Scottish Executive Justice Department, 2nd floor West Rear, St Andrews House, Regent Road, Edinburgh, EH1 3DG.

A 12-week consultation period will follow, with the closing date for responses being Friday, 13 June 2003.

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