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Fears for Rothesay tenement households

Householders in this tenement block in Bishop Street have been warned that a Dangerous Building Notice could be served on the property unless repair works start within 28 days.

Householders in this tenement block in Bishop Street have been warned that a Dangerous Building Notice could be served on the property unless repair works start within 28 days.

 

A Dangerous Building Notice could be served within weeks on householders in a Rothesay tenement block.

A survey of the block at 17 Bishop Street, which is home to around 20 people, was carried out on Wednesday amid growing concern at the poor condition of the building.

The property’s factors, Bute Factors Ltd, have been advised by Argyll and Bute Council that unless repairs start in the next 28 days, it is likely that a dangerous building notice will be served on all the owners in the block.

One of the building’s occupants, Richard Masterton, who rents one of the flats in the block and manages a second on behalf of his brother, contacted The Buteman to complain about Bute Factors’ refusal to meet the cost of repairs by claiming on the insurance policy for the building.

But a spokesperson for Bute Factors said the deterioration was the result of wear and tear and thus was not covered by insurance - and that the reason for the building’s poor condition was the failure of some owners in the block to accept responsibility for its maintenance.

* Full story in the September 5 edition of The Buteman - on sale now.

 

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