West Highland Housing Association - Loft Insulation Assessment and Repair
10/09/2012 3:56 pm
Hi wonder if you can be kind enough to provide me with some information, please.
SOLAS (loft insulation company) on behalf of West Highland Housing Assoication (WHHA) is keen to come and do a loft insulation assessment. They sent me one letter this year and a calling card and next minute I got a letter from WHHA that they will force entry into my home to carry out this assessment. I wsa absolutely traumatised by this threat of breaking into my property - it reallly stressed me out...
The thing is I really do not want this assessment, etc done now. I am not up to it. I am still suffering from post traumatic stress from the last flat I was in, re: anti-social neighbour. And I also had a car accident last year and a month later had hysterectomy (in late November). I am also a carer for my boyfriend who is physically disabled (he lives in different property). I do have a hernia and am not allowed to lift anything heavy. Since the anti-social neighbou property (previous property), I take anti-depressants. I am fine coping with the amount of stuff on my plate at the moment. However, the thought of having workmen coming into my home etc for loft insulation, assessment, etc....I just can't face it physicallly or mentally. I just want to be left alone because I just can't face this extra burden of having to deal with loft insulation.
The loft insulation only has to be done by 2015. I have written to West Highland Housing Association requesting that they delay this assessment until I can manage to deal with this ordeal. I have asked what medical evidence they require, in order to get this delay.
What would be the housing policy in this case - if anyone knows, that would be greatly appreciated.
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11/09/2012 1:19 pm
I'm sorry, but you seem to be forgetting that it is the landlord's property and not yours. In any event, it seems a complete overreaction to not want someone coming in to look at the insulation in the loft, which is apprently all they want to do at this stage.
To be honest, it I was managing your property, I would be very suspicious as to why you were so adamant that you don't have contractors looking at the loft. I'm not accusing you of anything, but if you were, for example, growing cannabis, or storing stolen property, it would explain your reluctance.
Surely the least stressful option, rather than getting into a dispute with the landlord and potentially raising suspicion, would be just to let them do the inspection?
29/12/2012 10:26 pm
thanks for your reply. The very helpful clerk of works for the housing assoication went up into my loft and did the inspection. I knew there was stuff in the loft left by the previous tenants ( i was told this by workmen who had been in the loft months earlier) but was not sure how much, The clerk of works was able to do the inspection with stuff in the loft, whereby SOLAS had to have everythign out the loft. The clerk of works very kindly notified SOLAS that he did the loft inspection and that loft insulation would be a requirement. Thank you Clerk of Works!!!