Community leaders have called for assistance from the city council in lowering rent for businesses in Lochee.
Groups campaigning to protect the future of firms on the area’s High Street say they want both public and private landlords to make rent cheaper.
They’ve warned that more businesses could close if rates aren’t lowered.
About 10 firms in the area are believed to lease property from the council, while about 70 lease from private landlords.
Martin Anderson, chairman of Lochee Regeneration Forum, said the number of empty units in Lochee was “ridiculous” and called for the local authority to lower its own rents – as well as put pressure on private landlords to follow suit.
He said: “Something needs to be done to help businesses in Lochee continue to stay in business. We are asking the city council about ways it can help us.
“One way is by playing a role in helping to get rental rates lowered. Businesses are struggling and high rents are not helping.
“Something needs to be done before we lose any more shops on Lochee’s High Street.
“Many of us have been working hard to try to regenerate the area but, if we keep losing local shops, this won’t happen.”
Jayne Kelly, of Save Our High Street, added: “We have been asking for lower rents on any council-owned properties for some time now and are also asking the authority to encourage private landlords to lower their rents.
“Many local businesses have zero level rates, but it’s very high rents that are crippling shop owners.
“Once they figure high rents into the equation many are just one pay cheque away from being forced to close. There are various groups in Lochee, including our own, which are trying to do their bit to keep the area vibrant and busy, but we can’t fight against high rents.
“If shops and businesses are to survive, something has to happen. We are keen for the council to start by getting involved in lowering rent.”
In response to a request for a comment, a spokeswoman for the city council referred the Tele to work already undertaken by the local authority to support businesses in Lochee.
This includes the Lochee Physical Regeneration Framework, approved in 2008, which formed the foundation for the long-term regeneration of the area – along with work carried out in 2014 to redevelop the area around Lochee High Street.