Housing Plus Academy Safe and Decent Workshop
Safe and Decent: How social landlords can protect their homes and communities
14th May 2019,
London School of Economics
Landlords take their responsibilities towards their tenants and their property very seriously. This responsibility covers not only repairs, rents, tenancy conditions and maintenance of common areas; but also safety and decent standards. Tenants have a corresponding duty to take care of their property, abide by agreed rules, respect their neighbours and pay their rent regularly. Recognising these two sides of a coin is the core task of housing and neighbourhood management.
Judith Hackitts post-Grenfell, in-depth review of building standards covers not only building safety but, the whole approach to construction, maintenance, management and relations between landlords and tenants. Many of the challenges of fire safety depend on specific conditions, but some principles are overriding.
Relations between landlords and tenants, repairs firms and in house repair teams are vital to performance, tenant satisfaction, building security and overall conditions. Repairs are the biggest source of complaints, while repair workers provide a potentially an invaluable link between tenants and landlords. They are an underused, and too often underperforming, undersupervised, and underqualified resource. If rented homes are to be made safe and decent this must change, and so must our professional approach to housing and neighboured management.
The government’s review of the Decent Homes Standard is considering what changes are needed, looking at Council Landlords, ALMOs, TMOs, community-led housing and empty homes among other things.
One of the most important ideas is to introduce energy effeminacy as part of the new Decent Homes Standard. This potentially opens the door to significant investment in repairs, upgrading and reduced fuel poverty. It also helps tenants with their bills and raises the quality of social housing. In the light of the recent climate change committee report on the UK housing stock and standards.
Join us at this workshop to discuss ideas for a new Decent Homes standard, what constitutes a 'Decent Home' and to share your experiences and know-how. Our headlines and findings will be shared with government and we hope to have a real impact on policy and practice regarding safe and decent homes.
The cost is £95 per participant. £55 for participants from smaller organisations (under 5000 units). A second participant from the same organisation pays £10 less. The cost includes an information resource pack, refreshments and lunch. Please let us know if cost is a barrier to you attending and we will do our best to help.
For more information, see the programme: Safe and Decent Programme
To book, please contact Ellie Benton: E.Benton@lse.ac.uk or call 020 7107 5470 for more information.