Social landlords

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Radon protection

Radon, condensation and mould specialist Airtech, is encouraging landlords to put in place planned maintenance over the summer period to protect their residents from the effects of radon. With many people still spending more time at home than before the pandemic, healthy homes are essential for resident health and for landlords to meet their legal obligations under the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018. Airtech are specialists in radon testing, remediation and servicing so are well placed to help landlords tackle radon in their properties in both the short and long term.

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Breathing space

Introduced on 4th May, the new Debt Respite Scheme, also known as ‘Breathing Space’, could have a significant impact on residential landlords considering possession proceedings to recoup rent arrears. So, what do registered providers (RPs) need to be aware of and what steps must they now take when considering bringing legal proceedings against tenants?
 
Implemented to give those facing debt problems protection from their creditors, the Debt Respite Scheme includes two types of Breathing Spaces; Standard Breathing Space and Mental Health Crisis Breathing Space. Standard Breathing Space is available to anyone with problem debt and provides an individual with legal protection from creditor action for up to 60 days. This includes most enforcement action being paused, the prevention of contact from creditors and the freezing of most interest charges on the debt.
 
The Mental Health Crisis Breathing Space is only available to a person receiving mental health crisis treatment, with protection lasting as long as the individual’s treatment lasts, plus 30 days after their treatment ends.

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electric heating

Specifying an electric heating solution for housing, student accommodation, social housing and private rental properties can be a time consuming and difficult task. Each project includes unique regulations, requirements, budget and time constraints – Which means there is no single solution which can cover all projects. With so many electric heating solutions available, it can be hard to choose the perfect heating system.

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heating

With over 15 year’s experience in the electric heating market, The Electric Heating Company witnessed a significant increase in demand during 2020 for their Electric Boilers and the various Electric Radiator models. Another contributing factor is the Governments proposed move towards a decarbonised grid which permits the electrification of heat and marks the end of fossil fuel combustion as a main source of heating. This attractive alternative to combustion fuels is highly efficient modern electric heating systems.

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social housing

Social housing data management company Illumar has appointed Peter Luke as commercial director and Jonathan Gould as client solutions consultant. These appointments mark an exciting time for Illumar with a number of new clients now using its data management platform.

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condensation mould

The dangerous impact of poor indoor air quality (IAQ) on our health is now well established, with condensation, mould and the use of household products all adding up to create an unhealthy living environment. To combat this, Airtech, the mould and condensation control specialist, has developed a comprehensive service over the last 30 years to offer landlords solutions for healthy homes. Further expanding its range of data gathering ventilation solutions is the new Air+ Wall Positive Input Ventilation (PIV) that is ideal for apartments and smaller homes without a loft.
As housing becomes increasingly airtight to improve energy efficiency, more homes are being blighted by condensation, mould and the associated problems they bring. Not only does this create the need for redecoration, it can cause costly damage to the fabric of the building. Add to this the fact that it leads to poor IAQ, and landlords can have a serious problem on their hands. And with the new Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 now in force, landlords are legally obligated to ensure that their properties are fit for human habitation from the start and throughout a tenancy, including the need for effective ventilation and freedom from damp.

 

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Insider information

The boiler performs many operations during its normal working day, but access to its brain would provide social landlords with useful, sometimes vital information; when you can act on that information remotely and instantly, then you have control on an unprecedented level. Terri Taylor, Marketing Executive, Intergas Boilers, discusses why insider information will improve efficiency and deliver the evidence for more accurate long term planning.

The 18th century proverb ‘look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves’ is as relevant today as it was then. The idea that very small savings will eventually make a big difference is understood by the many, but over time is possibly practised by the few. While some of us could spend weeks, months or years looking for the big idea, the Eureka moment that will make massive savings, it’s the small actions that can be made today which relieve long term financial and environmental pressures.