Repairs and maintenance
The latest from the social housing contracting sector, with news and views on planned maintenance, decent homes work, responsive repairs, tenders, deals, frameworks, and health and safety.
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.
Contracting giant Kier has reported an 11% rise in revenue in the six months to the end of last year from the year before, in its interim results released today.
Morgan Sindall’s affordable housing division has reported a 30% drop in operating profit, hit by an expected operating loss on responsive maintenance activities of £3.5m.
Landlords must consider the financial impact on leaseholders when seeking to charge for non-vital improvement works to their homes, an upper tribunal has ruled.
The social housing regulator has slammed one of England’s largest landlords for failing to carry out urgent and emergency repairs on time.
Scottish ministers and Glasgow City Council are channelling more than £9m to buy up flats in a plan to tackle poor quality housing conditions.
A housing and care provider has signed a £150m repairs and maintenance contract with property services company Ian Williams.
From our Partners
Alan Lewin, managing director of ServiceMaster Clean, on contingency planning
Mathew Baxter, managing director of echelon consultancy, considers if social landlords should insource or outsource their repairs service
Gary Lester, managing director, Morgan Sindall Property Services, talks efficiency and customer service
John Skivington, director of LHC, on how to cut the value for money cake
Landlords must not abandon traditional approaches in the rush to use social media
Drones can save disruption to tenants, time and money says Paul Taylor, reporting on his testing of the technology
Inside Housing’s anonymous columnist on the attitudes of the new wave of private landlords
The housing sector needs to look to evolution not revolution if it wants to succeed in the future, says Boris Worrall
Former housing minister Kris Hopkins was wrong when he said that landlords wouldn’t find it difficult to let some homes as a result of welfare reform
L&Q has decided to set up its own repairs and maintenance service to keep its homes in good repair. But why, and how is the roll-out progressing? Tim Mulvenna, group director for customer service and direct maintenance at L&Q, explains
Today is the launch of Inside Housing’s live news blog and, typically, it seems to be a relatively quiet one for housing news. Oh wait, that’s just the IH newsroom following last night’s Christmas party.
The coalition government’s final autumn statement provided interesting reading, writes Emma Maier