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Edinburgh tenement repairs app launched

8 April 2021

Edinburgh tenement residents can now use an app to co-ordinate maintenance and repairs of their shared areas.

The Shared Repairs app, developed by Novoville in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council, allows users to create their ‘virtual tenement’ and report a repair or maintenance issue to fellow proprietors. Then, app users can hire contractors that are members of Edinburgh’s Trusted Trader scheme. Receiving quotes and recording of votes is also fully supported.

The app also allows users to create a dedicated e-money account for their tenement with FCA-regulated partner, Modulr, meaning it is no longer necessary to create a traditional treasurer account with a bank or building society in order to gather funds and pay them out to the chosen contractor.

The app is designed to help users carry out repairs in compliance with the Tenement Management Scheme of the Tenements Act (Scotland) 2004.

The app is available on Google Play and the App Store.

Cllr Rob Munn, convener of the finance and resources committee at the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “A tremendous amount of work has gone into producing this app and it’s fantastic news that it’s now available for people to use. There are around 170,000 tenement flats and other shared buildings with multiple owners in Edinburgh and a lot of these buildings are still in need of urgent repair. This app will make it much easier for owners to get together and take responsibility for their buildings.”

Steve Richardson, director of Scotland Trusted Trader, said: “This is going to be a massive benefit for those looking to organise shared repairs, backed up with the reassurance that Trading Standards-vetted members are being used from Edinburgh Trusted Trader.”

Novoville CEO Fotis Talantzis said: “We are proud to support one of the UK’s greatest architectural assets, the built environment in Edinburgh, with our Shared Repairs app. We have got tonnes of ideas to take it from there and we’re looking forward to continuing to work with Edinburgh, for Edinburgh and Scotland at large.”

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