Tenement owners in two areas of Glasgow are to be given cash help to improve their properties.
In the pilot scheme, the city council plans to make money available to allow small scale common repairs to properties in Govanhill and Haghill, to prevent the buildings deteriorating.
It successful, the scheme will be rolled out to properties across the city.
A condition of the grant scheme will be that owners take on the services of a factor or put a maintenance plan in place for their building.
Around 120 tenements in Govanhill and 90 tenements in Haghill will be targeted.
If a property is already factored, but owners are not prepared to pay their share of the bill, the council will fund the balance but pursue the unwilling homeowner for his or her share of the repairs.
The priority of the city's housing strategy is to improve and maintain the quality of the historic housing stock in private hands.
In Glasgow, the 63% of homes with the highest levels of disrepair are privately owned.
Liz Cameron, the council's executive member for economic development, said: "A particular area of concern is the condition of the 70,000 pre-1919 properties, which as well as providing housing for many of the city's residents are also an important part of Glasgow's rich, built heritage.
"Concentrations of older private houses in poor condition are found in a number of inner city areas such as Govanhill, Strathbungo, East Pollokshields, Ibrox, Cessnock, Haghill, Dennistoun and Hillhead, although older stock in poor condition can be found in most areas of the city.
"Across the city, flats in older private tenements provide a crucially important affordable segment of the owner occupied and private rented sector, particularly for single persons and couples.
"Some of the owners in this sector are inexperienced as property owners, either unaware of their property ownership responsibilities or unable or unwilling to fund house condition works."
Mrs Cameron said, on occasion, the council has to provide financial assistance to safeguard the city's housing stock.
She added: "In order to sustain the tenement stock, attention must be given to preventative maintenance.
"Owners must be encouraged to carry out repairs to their building at an early stage when defects are identified.
"This will reduce repair costs in the long term and help preserve the housing stock for future generations."