This is another government banana money saving scheme that will end up with the government slipping up on their own ‘bright ideas’ with the tenant being held at fault.
The aim of offering social tenants more power over their homes and neighbourhoods is a step in the right direction. Widening the opportunity for tenants to learn new skills and which in turn will potentially enhance their chances on the job market is a great move but it must be accompanied with the right guidance and correct education for the tenants.
Empowering tenants to undertake there are own repair works is pure craziness. A typical government policy that ‘plasters over the cracks’ not ensuring that the property is safe and to a suitable standard but allowing untrained tenants to repair small defects that could be a sign of something much bigger. Tenants will also be able to share in any financial savings they can make, a big winner for tenants but not so much for the property itself. Who will finance any repairs of ‘bodged jobs’ and who will invest in the property if left for ruin?
It will be very interesting to see what the guidelines will be and to what extent the government push this on to tenants. I just hope that a DIY repair does not end up to be something more severe.