Residents' safety: changing the culture - why 100% compliance is not good enough

The Grenfell Tower fire in 2017 highlighted tragic failings. The Hackitt Review’s final report concluded that the same old methods were unlikely to deliver the fundamental changes needed to safeguard residents.


Building Safety Bill - Q&A briefing

Why has the Building Safety Bill been published?


Covid-19: repairs and maintenance - Q&A briefing

Article originally published 21 May 2020, last updated on 6 November 2020


Dampness, mould growth and insulation problems

Q. How should social landlords respond to reports of dampness, condensation and mould growth which are suspected of being due to defective wall insulation?


Condensation, damp and mould - innovative approach to reducing problems

Thamesmead has about 4,500 properties which were taken over by the Peabody Group in 2014. It was the first time in a generation it had been owned by a single, well-resourced body. Since this acquisition, Peabody has been fighting continuously to maintain these properties, spending well over a million pounds repairing them and compensating residents for issues resulting from damp and mould.


Asbestos

This guide covers social landlords’ responsibilities for managing any asbestos, including asbestos containing material (ACM), in their properties to protect anyone using or working in their premises from the risks to health that exposure to asbestos causes.


Electrical safety

This guide covers social landlords’ responsibilities for electrical safety, including communal areas, such as, entrance halls and foyers, lifts and stairwells, corridors and landings, as well as external areas, such as parking and refuse areas.


Communal - Heating

The European Commission is currently developing tools to assess the cost-effectiveness of individual heat metering. As a consequence the Government has updated its guidance (see above) advising that no further assessments need be carried out and that the requirement to retrofit heat meters will not be enforced until the new tools are available.


Oil-fired appliances

Flues, Chimneys and air supply should be installed in accordance with relevant standards and should be properly maintained.


General Health & Safety requirements

The basis of UK health and safety law is the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HSWA).


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