Statutory notice bill reminders for Christmas

Edinburgh Council Headquarters on East Market Street. Picture: Dan Phillips

Edinburgh Council Headquarters on East Market Street. Picture: Dan Phillips

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Letters will be sent to 17 properties across Edinburgh before Christmas reminding them that outstanding statutory notice bills will have to be paid by next year.

A total of 170 people will be affected by the notices being sent out by the city council.

Individual amounts being chased by the council will range from £100 to £20,000.

Council leader Andrew Burns said the authority was starting off by pursuing the “easier” statutory notice bills where complaints had not been lodged.

The move comes with auditors Deloitte having reviewed cases involving £22 million in unbilled debt that remains uncovered under the property repairs scandal.

Bills for £8m of the total outstanding figure of £30m have already been issued, but not necessarily recovered.

The next round of notices will be among up to 350 projects that will be sent bills based on Deloitte’s recommendations.

Cllr Burns said the notices would include information on financial support services, stressing the council was being as “sensitive as possible” in pursuing the debt.

A due date for payments will be part of the information. “I have not committed to a date for clearing up the backlog, but I want to see it done as soon as possible,” Cllr Burns said.

A new emergency shared repairs service has been launched despite the scandal that engulfed the former property conservation programme, with allegations staff were bribed by contractors in exchange for lucrative repair projects.