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London Borough Breaches Regulator of Social Housing’s Home Standard

London Borough Breaches Regulator of Social Housing’s Home Standard

Today, Inside Housing has released an article highlighting London Borough’s breach of Home Standard.

The article outlines that the London Borough has ‘breached the Regulator of Social Housing’s (RDH) Home Standard because of a lack of assurance that it has complied with statutory health and safety requirements across areas including fire, gas and electrical safety.’

The audits completed highlighted the following in their findings for Ealing Council:

  • Out of date fire risk assessments
  • No evidence of monitoring remedial works for: electrical, asbestos and water safety

The above can result in potentially serious issues to its Ealing Council tenants. In a statement from Ealing Council, they elaborated on the reasons why this had occurred. The COVID-19 pandemic was said to have played a ‘substantial’ role in the safety check handling procedure, with inspections being delayed as a result of access restrictions into tenants homes. They have produced an apology to their tenants, for any inconvenience caused as a result.

Inside Housing confirms that Ealing Council is one of a number of Councils in question that had self-referred themselves to the regulator due to health and safety issues. The other Councils are:

  • Barking
  • Dagenham
  • Bournemouth
  • Christchurch
  • Poole

Housing Disrepair issues could have occurred due to the lack of, or delayed routine health and safety checks in tenants homes. We understand that COVID-19 had a significant role to play when it came to carrying out repairs, however with the necessary PPE, works and preventative measures could have been put in place to ensure the safety of tenants.

If you are a tenant living in social housing and have been affected by the above, or are living in poor conditions due disrepair, please make an enquiry with High Street Solicitors today. We can arrange for your home to be visually assessed within 24 hours, to review your claim eligibility status. Your landlord is under an obligation to keep your property in repair and the installations in proper working order under Section 11 of The Landlord and Tenant Act 1985. 

Image source: Inside Housing