Edinburgh’s controversial Statutory Notice system which made private homeowners carry out repairs is being scrapped for all but emergency work.
Last week, BBC Scotland revealed Edinburgh Council had paid £27m to contractors for building work which it had not recouped from residents.
Now an internal document, seen by the BBC, has outlined plans for the Property Conservation department.
From April, it will only carry out emergency repairs and offer advice.
Edinburgh had been unusual in operating a system which gave the council statutory powers to force homeowners to make repairs.