Health and Safety
A huge blaze that ripped through five floors of a council-owned tower block was caused by a faulty tumble dryer, the London Fire Brigade has confirmed.
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In April, Conars Court received a full set of gas safety certificates. Almost immediately, the gas supply had to be cut off. Simon Brandon investigates
Too many housing associations do not support the victims of workplace violence, says John Gray
Carbon monoxide deaths are preventable, but safety measures vary across the sector, says Ross Fraser
A housing association is to demolish 48 homes just six years after they were built after uncovering a wide range of defects in the development.
The Health and Safety Executive is considering how often landlords must conduct gas safety checks. Martin Hilditchexamines how this fits with a long-running sector campaign and what is likely to happen next
A woman has died after being rescued from a fire at a housing association’s sheltered housing complex in Norfolk.
A housing association has been criticised by the English social housing regulator for failing to carry out gas safety checks on 160 properties.
The Welsh Government is planning to introduce new mandatory quality standards for all social landlord homes.
Northern Irish housing associations have called for an “agreed approach” to deal with a mounting problem of new developments being targetted with sectarian flags.
A recent case has highlighted the hefty financial implications of health and safety failures, says Chris Green from Weightmans
An arm’s-length management organisation has been fined £6,660 after its contractor caused a build-up of gas in two properties by capping chimneys used to vent gas boilers and fires.
Social housing has the power to improve fire safety - starting with fire safety doors, says Peter Gannaway
A court has fined repairs contractor Mears £15,000 for leaving the life of an elderly social housing tenant at risk from a dangerous gas heater.
Aster Group is assisting police with their investigation following the death of a five-year-old girl in one of the housing association’s Weymouth properties.
The Health and Safety Executive has fined North Devon Homes £6,000 after a tenant’s life was put at “immediate risk” from carbon monoxide poisoning.
Landlords need to think about water safety checks following changes in guidance, says Steve Lorriman
Built in 2009, the 64 council houses in Gorebridge’s Newbyres Crescent should have been a dream destination. Instead, they exposed familes to such serious health risks the homes are now being demolished. Martin Hilditch investigates.
The Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) is stepping up surveillance of fires at timber frame buildings because of the material’s increased use.
Nearly one in six privately rented homes in England is physically unsafe, a report published today has said.
The death of a woman hit by a truck has prompted the English social housing regulator to investigate whether other tenants are at risk of harm on an estate owned by a large housing association.
A refuse company has installed cameras on its lorries in a bid to prevent the deaths of homeless people sleeping in bins.
A London housing association has been fined £2,500 for carrying out unsafe gas work.
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Liverpool Mutual Homes thinks it has found the key to guaranteeing gas safety in its homes. Martin Hilditch reports
A watchdog is to endorsing new guidance on how housing providers manage asbestos, following concerns that residents are increasingly taking more social landlords to court.
A tenants’ group has dropped its opposition to a campaign for greater gas access powers for housing associations.
Three housing associations that missed gas safety checks have been given regulatory downgrades but still comply with the Homes and Communities Agency’s governance standard.
The number of owner-occupiers has fallen while those renting privately continue to rise, according to the latest government analysis of the English housing market.
A Gloucestershire housing association has become the latest English landlord rapped by the regulator for failing to carry out annual gas safety checks.
A London borough has unveiled plans for groundbreaking wirelessly connected fire alarms with LED displays, six years on from a flat fire which killed six tenants.
Landlords have been awaiting the arrival of a tech-revolution in housing for years. A survey by Inside Housing and asset management and digital software provider, Capita, asks is it any closer, and will organisations put their money where their mouths are and invest? Nick Duxbury reports
Councillors have called on the Mayor of Tower Hamlets to explore taking legal action against Circle Housing Group over its repairs performance.
A 20,500-home housing association has become the latest social landlord rapped by the English social housing regulator for failing to carry out sufficient gas safety checks.
The National Federation of Arm’s Length Management Organisations (NFA) has become the latest body to sign up to a campaign to improve gas access for housing associations.
One of England’s largest social landlords has been placed on a regulatory ‘watch-list’ due to problems with its repairs and maintenance service.
Two social landlords exposed tenants to potential serious harm in breach of regulatory standards, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) said today.
A fire in a Plymouth tower block left one man dead and five families living in temporary accommodation.
Emma Reynolds is backing a change to the law to make it easier for housing associations to access homes for gas safety checks.
The drive for energy efficient homes could increase asthma risks, according to new research by the University of Exeter Medical School
Are care home providers doing enough to ensure correct fire safety procedures are implemented? Dawn Foster finds out
A 16,000-home housing association has become the latest landlord to miss a ‘significant number’ of gas safety checks, the English social housing regulator has announced.
Overheating of homes in summer is becoming an ‘emergency’ situation, with many social landlords getting regular complaints about new or recently retrofitted properties, the Homes 2014 conference in London heard yesterday.
Are housing providers ready for the Internet of Things?, asks Stewart Davison
A four-year-old girl and her father were pulled alive from the rubble after a family home was destroyed in a gas explosion in Southampton yesterday.
First the good news – the majority of people working for social landlords think their repairs and maintenance services are good or adequate.
Inside Housing has spent the last six years investigating life-threatening dangers on a number of housing estates following the death of a young woman from carbon monoxide poisoning. Today, following the conclusion of the UK’s largest ever gas safety prosecution, Martin Hilditch tells the full story of one of the construction industry’s darkest hours.
John Taylor, managing director of housing management services at Mears Group, talks to Nick Duxbury about how the contractor’s recent £40m purchase of lettings management business, Omega Group, will help councils house homeless families
The recently introduced cap on the amount social landlords can charge leaseholders could discourage major work on properties, warns Keith Searle
A group of social landlords campaigning for better access to homes for gas inspections has refuted Brandon Lewis’ claim to be in dialogue with the sector.
Almost 24,000 wheelchair users in the UK are waiting for social housing because of a ‘massive shortfall’ in accessible homes, a national charity has warned.
Founding member of the Gas Access Campaign Mark Henderson explains why he is delighted the government rejected landlords’ call for greater powers to access homes for gas safety checks
Buried within the homes of social landlords all over the country are hundreds, if not thousands, of hoarders. Dawn Foster visits Magenta to find out how the housing association is helping tenants
England’s largest social housing tenant body has spoken out against a campaign to give housing associations more powers to access homes for gas inspections.
The social housing sector often sends the government inconsistent or complicated messages, but the latest campaign on gas safety is both clear and deserves to be heard
Campaign to allow housing associations greater access to homes to save £500m receives major blow
Social landlords need to step up and make sure that social housing isn’t forgotten in the debates about the housing crisis
An ombudsman has recommended that Waverley Housing pays a tenant the ‘maximum amount’ under the landlord’s policy for ‘unreasonable delay’ in completing an emergency repair.
A campaign to change the law to make it easier for housing associations to access homes to check gas appliances is now backed by organisations owning one million homes in total.
A survey of gas engineers published this week found that experts dealt with more than 70,000 unsafe appliances during emergency call-outs in the past year. That equates to 191 families being saved from a faulty gas appliance every day.
England’s largest social landlord for older people has been ordered to pay more than £170,000 for breaching fire safety laws after a woman died in a care home fire.