Landlord & Tenant guide for Repairs and Gas inspections during COVID-19

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As the nation continues to adapt to the ‘new’ way of life as restrictions continue as a result of COVID-19, landlords and tenants alike are all looking for guidance when it comes to repairs and maintenance.

The government has published guidelines on ‘work carried out in peoples’ homes’ in order to allow urgent and essential work to be completed. The work can be carried out, on the basis that the tradesperson is well and has displayed no symptoms of coronavirus. Current public health guidelines also apply, so residents and tradespeople must keep 2m from each other at all times (where possible).
If any members of the house are self-isolating due to experiencing symptoms, or having been in contact with someone with symptoms then work should not be undertaken – if however, the work is to rectify and issue that places the household at risk then the work can be undertaken, if the nominated tradesperson is willing to do so. Similarly, if the tradesperson has suffered symptoms or has come into contact with someone who has, then they are not to perform any work – and they should be self-isolating too.

As we live in a digital age, we recommend that any and all correspondence is done via email where possible and ensure that all records are retained.

In any instance, we recommend following the latest government health advice relating to any form of social interaction.

If you would like to discuss anything in this post or anything relating to your property, our Property Litigation Team are here to guide you through the various routes available – Simply call the team on 01903 229999, visit the team page to contact the relevant department or complete the form below.

Please note that this update is not intended to be exhaustive or be a substitute for legal advice. The application of the law in this area will often depend upon the specific facts and you are advised to seek specific advice on any given scenario.