Why is housing health and safety so important for landlords?
Your housing health and safety must be one of your top two priorities (the other being financial viability). Therefore, it needs to be given the proper level of attention. Until housing and tenant safety is given the status it requires at a regulatory level, landlords risk existing on a false sense of security at best. At worst, tenants’ lives are at risk…
But where do I start?
The Regulator of Social Housing expects providers to uphold specific standards in adhering to all relevant legislation. Despite this, we often work with landlords who are not fully complying with housing health and safety laws, risking huge fines.
Although a lack of knowledge around the law is concerning, the biggest area of weakness we see across the majority of property professionals is poor data management. Robust data management of compliance reports is essential for reaching and maintaining a reliable compliance position. Without accurate data, compliance reporting is fundamentally flawed.
What can I do about it?
Property professionals (including Landlords) need to do this. It is essential to ask the right questions:
- Where is the evidence behind what is being reported?
- How and where are records and data held?
- How do I know that the property is compliant?
- Do I understand the data supplied to me and how can I action it?
We are now required to recognise the extent to which they would be responsible in the event of non-compliance. If property professionals fall foul, they should be prepared for any consequences such as tenant negligence claims and huge fines
However, failure to ask the above questions could result in non-compliance and risks to tenant safety. So, do you know what you need to do?
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