All blocks will need maintenance from time to time. Whether electricals need rewiring or the lift needs repairing, it is important to remember that the safety of residents is the responsibility of both the contractors and the residential property management company. Read on to learn about the legal responsibilities of the Right to Manage or Residents Property Management company and how to hire quality contractors.
It is best practice to hire a contractor who will complete the work to a high standard, in a safe manner. Take time to thoroughly vet potential contractors. Ensure they have relevant experience and qualifications for the work you need. Typical questions to ask may include:
• Will you be using subcontractors?
• What is your recent health and safety performance?
• Can you provide risk assessments from previous jobs?
• Do you have Employers’ Liability Insurance?
Review websites such as Cheackatrade.com which may also provide some information about a contractor’s reputation but be wary of fake reviews. If you are unsure, ask an experienced health and safety consultancy for further advice.
As a Right To Manage or a Residential Property Management company, you have the responsibility to inform contractors of all safety information and risks. Potential risk and basic safety information should include:
• Any potential asbestos in the block
• Emergency procedures
• Any necessary on-site training
Let all residents know when work will be taking place ahead of time. This may help avoid potential noise complaints or reduce the risk of accidents. Check in regularly with your contractor to make sure they are complying to their risk assessment.
If you would like to learn more about safe block maintenance and block of flats insurance cover, call Flats Direct today on 0800 7316242 or fill in our contact form for a block of flats insurance online quote.