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The housing association sector is today setting out how it is supporting residents during the coronavirus outbreak, in a statement coordinated by the National Housing Federation.
Since the outbreak began, housing associations have been working closely with residents, local government, the NHS and others local partners and charities to keep residents safe and supported in their homes. Many have been supporting older residents who are at greater risk - ensuring they stay active, healthy and safe in their homes, and checking what support networks of friends and family they have in place. Supported housing providers are doing all their can to ensure vulnerable people in shared accommodation stay safe including rough sleepers and victims of domestic violence. Others are keeping vital services running and helping communities to respond in a challenging and uncertain environment.
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In these unique times it’s essential that companies react flexibly to keep going and aluminium decking supplier AliDeck has done just that to carry on their conversations.
Like most businesses in the UK, AliDeck has temporarily suspended their HQ operations and transitioned their team to home-based working. With a very proactive sales department, AliDeck has embraced video-conferencing to continue reaching new audiences.
Testing and Maintenance of Life Safety Installations in buildings is mandatory under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order. Following the Prime Minister’s announcement at 8.30pm on 23 March 2020, it remains imperative that people living and working in the built environment are kept safe regardless of the current Covid-19 lockdown conditions. Fires still happen, emergencies do not respect crisis management.
A former derelict site close to Cleckheaton town centre has been transformed into an impressive affordable housing development by Unity Homes and Enterprise.
Seven brand new two-bed homes have been built at the location previously occupied by the Albion Works and Northgate Mills complex, which had been purchased by Tesco.
Northamptonshire Rural Housing Association (NRHA) is breaking new ground with an innovative affordable housing pilot project in Norton near Daventry.
Working in partnership with Norton Parish Council, Snowdon Homes and Orbit Homes, NRHA has submitted a planning application for a scheme comprising eight affordable homes, two properties for local market sale and two, four bedroom self-build plots.
COVID 19 – a residential landlord's perspective by Jason Hobday, Associate, and Nigel Emmerson, Partner, at law firm Womble Bond Dickinson
We find ourselves in unprecedented times for the modern era. In this every changing environment, with an overload of government guidance, and which is changing on a daily basis, residential landlords are eager to understand what obligations they may have towards their tenants. Whilst many landlords will be motivated by a laudable desire to act in the best interests of their tenants, care should be taken to ensure that they do not inadvertently find themselves on the wrong side of the law.
As at the time of writing landlords are not under any direct statutory duties in relation to taking steps to support the government's strategy for dealing with COVID-19 – which has now reached phase 2 – 'delaying the spread of the virus'. This may however change in the coming days and weeks and so the position should be closely monitored using the Public Health England guidance https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response