Repairs & COVID-19: What you need to know

The Government’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Landlords and Tenants has been updated again on 29th August 2020.

The updated guidance can be found here:

What does this mean for you?

Tenants have a right to a decent, warm and safe place to live. Where it is safe to do so, it is in the best interests of the tenants and landlords to ensure properties are kept in good repair and free from hazards.

Landlords and contractors are now able to visit most properties to carry out routine inspections, including annual gas safety checks; essential and non-essential repairs and maintenance; and any planned maintenance activity inside and outside the home. Any repairs or works should be planned and carried out in accordance with the latest guidance on saying alert and safe (social distancing) to ensure all necessary safety and hygiene procedures are followed.

What if the tenant is classed as “vulnerable” or is shielding?

The shielding programme was paused on 1st August 2020. Vulnerable groups or shielding households can now permit landlords and contractors to carry out routine repairs and inspections. Landlords should be aware that some tenants may be nervous about providing access so it is important that any works are arranged with the tenant to ensure all procedures are followed.

Are there any restrictions?

If a tenant is self isolating, no work should be carried out in their home unless it is to remedy a direct risk that affects their safety or the safety of their household.

As you will be aware, the Government has imposed local lockdowns in several areas throughout the country. Landlords should observe any local restrictions and unless specifically permitted, no work should be carried out unless it is to remedy a direct risk as mentioned above.

What if the tenant refuses access?

If a tenant is not self-isolating and is persistently refusing to allow access to the property, landlords still have the powers and tools available to gain access to the property. This includes making an application for an access injunction.

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