A Dundee landlord is set to sue Dundee City Council over payments linked to his properties totalling over £100,000.
Graham Bradley, chairman of the Dundee and Angus branch of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), has accused the local authority of incompetence over its collection of payments linked to his properties.
The landlord has been attempting to negotiate with council officials for years over payment issues, and has now taken the step of lodging an action at the Court of Session in an attempt to be paid money he claims the council owes him.
Mr Bradley commented: ‘The council is incredibly incompetent. It has charged me for properties where students were living and were therefore exempt from council tax, properties which are empty and for money which is owed by tenants and not me.’
He continued: ‘I’ve tried everything I can to sort the issues with them – I’ve written letters, held meetings and spoken to councillors but unfortunately it will now be at the cost of taxpayers in Dundee.’
The Dundee landlord, who owns both residential and commercial properties in the city, said he felt the council should be doing more to support businessmen like him.
Mr Bradley is also the chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses north-east Scotland region, and insists he has never encountered such problems elsewhere.
He said: ‘In my role I deal with councils across country and I have never had any complaints like this with any other council.
‘I have spoken to business contacts throughout Scotland and they refuse to come to Dundee as they know how badly the council treats landlords and businessmen in general.
‘The way Dundee City Council treats landlords is abominable. It’s in such a sorry state. It’s absolutely shocking the way I and many others are treated.’
Dundee council declined to comment when approached. A spokesman for the city council said: “It would be inappropriate to comment on ongoing legal matters.’