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Social housing continues to adapt to the impact of Coronavirus

Posted on 10th June 2020 in Affordable Housing, Coronavirus Pandemic

Posted by

Stephen Burtchaell

Partner and Solicitor
Social housing continues to adapt to the impact of Coronavirus

The Regulator of Social Housing has published the results of its second monthly survey of housing associations and local authorities on how they are coping with the Coronavirus pandemic.

The social housing sector is reporting that it is continuing to maintain services for emergency repairs and key health and safety checks, with some initial challenges it was facing having begun to ease. Providers report that almost all emergency repairs are being completed, but challenges with access to properties and the reduced reporting of repairs mean that backlogs of routine repairs and some safety checks continue to rise.

Social housing landlords responsible for care and support settings are reporting that they are continuing to maintain safe staffing levels and essential services.

Housing associations and local authorities are continuing to address the ongoing challenges with adapted approaches including remote working, continuing alternative deployment of staff and increased communication with tenants.

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