The final proposal for a Bill which would introduce enforceable statutory 'minimum standards' for property managers in Scotland, and provide for an inexpensive dispute resolution process, has been published today by Patricia Ferguson MSP. Govan Law Centre has long since campaigned for progressive law reform in this area, and we've agreed to draft the Bill and accompanying documents in the public interest.
In order to introduce the proposed Bill it is necessary to gain support from at least 18 MSPs, drawn from half of the parties or groups represented on the Bureau (which in this Parliamentary session means at least two of the four main political parties represented in the Parliament), within one month from today. An extract from today's Parliamentary Business Bulletin is reproduced below.
Patricia Ferguson: Proposed Property Factors (Scotland) Bill - Proposal for a Bill to create a system of registration for property factors, to provide for dispute resolution between homeowners and property factors and to make consequential amendments to the law on real burdens and the Tenements (Scotland) Act 2004 (lodged 21 January 2010).
A summary of responses to consultation on the draft proposal together with copies of each response are available in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe).
Supported by: Mary Mulligan*, Cathy Jamieson*, Pauline McNeill*, Margaret Curran*, Paul Martin*, Michael McMahon*, Richard Baker*, David Stewart*, James Kelly*, Des McNulty*, Duncan McNeil*, Hugh Henry*, Elaine Smith*, Marlyn Glen*, Rhoda Grant*, Claire Baker*, Patrick Harvie*, Bill Butler*, Helen Eadie*, Malcolm Chisholm*