Compulsory Purchase Order sought for B-listed Glasgow tenement
Glasgow City Council is to take over a deteriorating tenement which has lain empty since 2018.
A Compulsory Purchase Order is being sought for a number of flats at 4-6 Melrose Street, in Woodlands.
The council said that the B-listed building has deteriorated after a number were closed when flats being let out were found to be below tolerable standard. Some of the flats were found to have been let out by an unregistered private landlord who could not prove ownership of the building.
The property is also the site where two students died in a fire 20 years ago.
The order will cover all flats at number 4 and number 6 Melrose Street. No owner is currently registered but anyone who does own any of the flats will have the opportunity to claim compensation, The Glasgow Times reports.
The flats will be transferred to Charing Cross Housing Association who will carry out building repairs and create eight or nine flats for social housing.
In a report to councillors, Iain Robertson, director of contracts and property at Glasgow City Council, said: “The building is in a state of disrepair and its condition is deteriorating due to water ingress and exposure to the elements.
“The last registered owner of the building and the flats contained therein was a company called Barrland Investments Limited, which was dissolved on 19th February 2008. Some of the flats were found to have been let by an unregistered private landlord who could not prove ownership of the building.
“When the property was first reported to Housing and Regeneration Services in late 2017 it was found that those flats which were occupied, were in very poor condition and failed the tolerable standard.”