A tenement is a building comprising of two or more related flats that separate from one another horizontally.
Tenements differ from other forms of housing because all owners and tenants have a shared interest in the building. Common repairs to the roof, wall structures, chimneys, gutters, etc, require owners to work together to acommon goal if a good repair and maintenance regime is to beachieved.
Get advice on your responsibilities as an owner, how to get together with your neighbours to plan and pay for repairs and maintenance, how the council can help and advise, and how to get a grant towards a home condition survey
Tenemental common repair requires organisation and administrative arrangements between all owners in a building to make decisions about a range of common activities. Find out how to set up and run an owners' association.
Owners need to be aware of their own responsibilities and that of their neighbours, for maintaining the common parts of their tenement.
What are technical guides and when do you need them.
Paying for works is an owner’s responsibility. The principle source of funding for major works is private loans.
In extreme cases, when all other reasonable actions have failed to have serious common disrepair remedied, the Council may serve a legal notice on an owner requiring action.
Information is available for adapting the home to suit a person with a disability or an elderly person.
See our planning guidance pages or apply for planning permission or a building warrant.