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Covid - 19 and Landlords

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New Government guidance on working safely in people’s homes has been published which sets out in what circumstances landlords or contractors can safely visit properties to carry out inspections and repairs.

We understand current restrictions may obstruct some routine and statutory inspections, but we expect landlords to make every effort to meet them. If resources remain stretched, we are recommending a pragmatic approach to enforcement from local authorities.

If you are not shielding or self-isolating, you can allow local authorities, landlords or contractors access to your home in order to carry out a range of works. This includes: routine inspections, including annual gas safety checks, essential and non-essential repairs and maintenance, planned maintenance activity inside and outside the home.

Services should be designed to allow a two-metre distance to be maintained (insofar as possible) and hygiene procedures should be followed. Some landlords will have a backlog of repairs that they will need to address, so it may take longer than normal to carry out more non-essential work.

However, if you are self-isolating or shielding, no work should be carried out in your home unless it is to remedy a direct risk that affects your safety or the safety of your household. These are issues which will affect your ability to live safely and maintain your mental and physical health in your home. In such cases, prior arrangements should be made to avoid any face to face contact, to ensure social distancing guidance is followed and that appropriate steps can be taken to maintain good hand hygiene, for example, when answering the door. Landlords and contractors should stay up to date with the latest guidance on working safely in people’s homes.

For more information on the update of this information then please visit the official government Coronavirus website.

If you have any questions then please email landlord_licensing@sandwell.gov.uk or alternatively you can call 0121 368 1177 (Option 7)