Thank you everyone who attended our first Disrepair Improvement Group meeting of 2024. We had a packed agenda, focusing on strategic asset management in the context of disrepair, a detailed overview of an organisations approach to tackling disrepair, an update on the consultation around Awaab’s Law, and the launch of EIP’s new disrepair informational video and accompanying infographic.
Dan Kujawski, Assistant Director at Altair, opened the session with an examination of strategic asset management in the context of disrepair. Dan explored the reasons behind the sudden increase in disrepair cases and explained the recent DLUHC recommendations which have been implemented following a series of high-profile cases and Ombudsman recommendations. Dan explored how we can use data and data management processes to manage disrepair cases and discussed how landlords should be tackling disrepair, including the implementation of damp and mould strategies, examining buildings holistically, and using technology and data to inform decisions.
Mark Shawcross, Disrepair Manager at First Choice Homes Oldham, discussed its proactive approach to managing damp and mould condensation, developed in partnership with its customer voice panel. First Choices Homes Oldham implemented a damp and mould project team, in-house solicitors and surveyors to manage damp and mould related works and delivered mandatory training on damp and mould to all of its staff members. Its data currently shows a 20-25% reduction in the number of disrepair complaints received over the last 12 months.
EIP and Chartered Building Surveyor Geoff Hunt also launched their new collaborative video and e-flyer on managing condensation mould for housing providers and tenants. You can access the resources here: https://www.echelonip.co.uk/disrepair-groups/