A former flat owner at Greenhill Court in Rutherglen has claimed he was pressured into selling his property to the council.
Ed Harris (26) agreed the sale of his flat within 1 Greenhill Court in November.
He made the decision after South Lanarkshire Council told him his share of the extensive refurbishment project currently being undertaken in the flats would be £13,000.
Ed, who didn’t live in the flat but rented it out, says he simply couldn’t afford it and had to accept an offer of £35,000 for the property.
Although the flat was empty at the time, Ed feels he was left with no option but to sell. And although he agreed to the sale, he doesn’t believe that tells the full story.
Ed, from East Kilbride, said: “I just couldn’t afford such a high charge for the works and had no other option but to sell.
“The council will say it wasn’t forced, but in my mind I had no other option. I was being asked to pay £13,000 for works I didn’t want.”
Ed, who works at the University of Glasgow, claims many of the residents are sceptical of the £ 3.3 million plans to reinvigorate the Court.
Three flats are being bulldozed as part of the plans with works including new gas central heating with combi boilers, in place of the existing electric heating; new external insulation and cladding , new windows and the rewiring of the flats.
The work is due to be completed next month.
A council spokesman said: “The Council informed the owners of their liability prior to the work commencing. Since then Mr Harris voluntarily approached the Council in June 2012 asking the Council to purchase his flat. Mr Harris subsequently sold his flat to the Council at an agreed price.
“We are delighted with the progress of this contract and with the positive feedback we have received from residents regarding the transformed Greenhill Court.”