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.


What's on this week: 26 - 30 Jan

26/01/2015 10:37 am

A round up of what’s happening this week: 26 - 30 January.

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Scottish government urged to investigate contract failure

23/01/2015 12:59 pm

The Scottish Government has been urged to investigate a £38m contract award to a firm which later went bust.

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GLA announces councils to benefit from £145m repairs fund

20/01/2015 1:21 pm

Nine London boroughs will carry out repairs to thousands of council homes in the capital using a £145m pot of additional decent homes funding.

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Regulator raps landlord over gas safety failures

20/01/2015 9:02 am

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.

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Increase in councils' rent loss from empty properties

15/01/2015 10:02 am

The amount of rent English councils lost due to empty homes rose for the second consecutive year in 2013/14, government figures have shown.

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Welfare reform forces up repairs costs

15/01/2015 7:00 am

Housing associations in parts of England have been forced to increase spending on repairs and maintenance to entice new tenants into larger homes due to the government’s welfare reforms.

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Gateshead Council to retain ALMO

14/01/2015 2:59 pm

Gateshead Council has decided to extend its contract with an arm’s-length management organisation (ALMO) by five years.

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More repairs and maintenance news

Managing director, ServiceMaster Clean

Expect the unexpected

15/01/2015 | By Alan Lewin

Alan Lewin, managing director of ServiceMaster Clean, on contingency planning

Managing director, echelon consultancy

Right sourcing

15/01/2015 | By Mathew Baxter

Mathew Baxter, managing director of echelon consultancy, considers if social landlords should insource or outsource their repairs service

Managing director, Morgan Sindall Property Services

Let’s change perceptions

15/01/2015 | By Gary Lester

Gary Lester, managing director, Morgan Sindall Property Services, talks efficiency and customer service

Director, LHC

The right slice

15/01/2015 | By John Skivington

John Skivington, director of LHC, on how to cut the value for money cake

Group director, business transformation, Aspire Group

Social inclusion


Landlords must not abandon traditional approaches in the rush to use social media

Innovation coach, Bromford

Testing drones


Drones can save disruption to tenants, time and money says Paul Taylor, reporting on his testing of the technology


Easy money


Inside Housing’s anonymous columnist on the attitudes of the new wave of private landlords

Executive director, futures, Orbit Group

Back to the future


The housing sector needs to look to evolution not revolution if it wants to succeed in the future, says Boris Worrall


Quick fix


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

Group director, customer service and direct maintenance, L&Q

Why L&Q decided to set up its own maintenance service


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

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