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.

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Number of owner-occupiers falls while private renter stats rise

25/02/2015 2:58 pm

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.

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Property giants report hikes in revenue

25/02/2015 10:39 am

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.

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Repairs contractor announces drop in profit

19/02/2015 9:15 am

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.

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Court rules in favour of leaseholders over repair costs

18/02/2015 8:42 am

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.

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Regulator slams landlord for its London repairs service

11/02/2015 9:04 am

The social housing regulator has slammed one of England’s largest landlords for failing to carry out urgent and emergency repairs on time.

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Scottish ministers fund purchase of run-down housing

09/02/2015 8:18 am

Scottish ministers and Glasgow City Council are channelling more than £9m to buy up flats in a plan to tackle poor quality housing conditions.

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Anchor signs £150m repairs contract

04/02/2015 1:56 pm

A housing and care provider has signed a £150m repairs and maintenance contract with property services company Ian Williams.

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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

Anonymous columnist

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

Housing Live

Housing Live: Ready for take off Video


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.

Editor, Inside Housing

A sign of things to come


The coalition government’s final autumn statement provided interesting reading, writes Emma Maier

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