- On December 14, 2020 /
- By PMAS /
- In PMAS Update
As a member of the stakeholder group supporting Under One Roof since its inception, PMAS is delighted to advise that the highly praised advice website is now a registered charity in Scotland. The newly registered charity is seeking a Chief Executive to lead it in its second phase, where it plans more outreach work with tenement and flat owners in Scotland.
David Reid, President of PMAS, says: “Under One Roof is a terrific independent resource for both the owners of flatted property, and those who work with them; PMAS is proud of our continued involvement. We are delighted with this move to charitable status, which will help ensure UORs long term presence and influential activity”.
To date, the website has operated with a voluntary Steering Group managed initially by the RIAS and subsequently by Changeworks, the Edinburgh based environmental charity.
Tony Cain, Chair of the current Steering Group says: “Over the last five years the team at UOR have worked hard to establish our website as the go to source for independent advice on tenement maintenance for owners and residents alike. We have got this far thanks to the professionalism of our staff and the generous support from the Scottish Government, Local Authorities and the private sector. Moving the site to a new charity is part of our plan to secure the sites long term independence and its governance as a key resource for owners and professionals alike.”
Since the launch of the website, the issue of the poor condition of Scottish tenements has been brought to the fore by organisations such as RICS and the Scottish Parliamentary Working Group on Tenement Maintenance, of which PMAS is also an active member.
Under One Roof will use its funding to provide more outreach work to assist tenement and flat owners to understand their rights and responsibilities and to help the organisations who work with these owners to understand the very real difficulties that owners currently face. Under One Roof will also work with other organisations to advocate owners needs to help ensure new laws are both appropriate to dealing with property conditions and welcomed by responsible owners as the Scottish Government develops new legislation.
The new Chief Executive is expected to lead the project in its second phase, by building on the website established in phase 1 and the associated outreach activities, providing strategic direction to the project, building productive partnerships with a wide range of complementary organisations and individuals and securing the project’s financial future. A full description of the job details can be found here.
PMAS will continue working closely with Under One Roof and is keen to see it advance in its new charitable form.