Saturday, 10 October 2015

Scottish council seizes control of properties in first use of legal power

A Scottish council has seized control of properties notorious for anti-social behaviour, in the first use legal powers to combat nuisance behaviour.

Edinburgh Council won a court order last week granting them a management control order of two Grove Street flats for a year.

The ‘party flats’ were found to be used as venues rented out to stag and hen parties for weekend breaks in the city.

The MCO gives the council ‘the rights and obligations of a landlord’ over the properties.

It is the first use of the legal power, which has been available to Scottish councils since 2006, and the council remains in legal discussions about exactly what responsibilities they will assume.

A spokesperson for the council said the power may be used more widely, both in Edinburgh and across Scotland, if it is successful at Grove Road.  

Cammy Day, the council’s community safety leader, said: ‘I hope [the decision] sends out a clear message to landlords that we will not tolerate anti-social behaviour and will take decisive action against those who make people’s lives a misery.

‘We have consistently tried to work with the landlord to reach an amicable solution but he has not been co-operative. This is the first time that a management control order has been granted in Scotland and now means we are the landlords of the two properties.’

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