Important Information About Gas Servicing
Gas Servicing is carried out to all of the Association’s properties annually. The landlord has a legal requirement under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998. The Association must ensure that all of its gas heating and hot water appliances are serviced at least once in every 12 months.
The servicing of your gas equipment is extremely important for your health and safety and to others who share the building. The risk of carbon monoxide poisoning or gas explosion is a real threat, and annual servicing greatly reduces any such risks.
Only by allowing access to your property can you help to be sure that you are safe. The gas service will highlight any defects and the Association will ensure that they are rectified as soon as possible.
Failure by tenants to refuse or continually deny access is a breach of your Tenancy Agreement and entry will be forced to your home. You may also face Court action.
The Scottish Government has confirmed that all associations in Scotland must meet the new standard for fire safety.
Currently, all Association properties have mains wired smoke alarms, which are replaced as required or when they reach their 10 year life span, whichever is sooner.
The new standard will require that every home has:
one smoke alarm installed in the room most frequently used for general daytime living purposes;
one smoke alarm in every circulation space on each storey, such as hallways and landings;
one heat alarm installed in every kitchen;
all smoke and heat alarms to be ceiling mounted; and
all smoke and heat alarms to be interlinked.
The Association is now fully compliant with the new standard.
Stock Condition Survey Update
A stock condition survey was carried out by Brown and Wallace in 2018. The survey results confirmed that 100% of Gardeen’s stock complies with the Scottish Housing Quality Standard and the Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing. A further update will take place in 2021. If you have any questions about the above, please contact Lyndsay at the office.
Energy Performance Certificates
The Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH) aims to improve the energy efficiency of social housing in Scotland. The Association’s contractor will be carrying out surveys at some Gardeen homes during 2021 to collect data for an Energy Performance Certificate. An Energy Performance Certificate gives information on how energy efficient a building is. This will form part of the Association’s evidence for the EESSH.
An assessment of the painterwork across all our stock has been carried out by the Association’s Maintenance Consultant in 2020. Top up works were completed during 2020. The paint we used previously was good quality and has lasted well which saves the Association money and keeps rents affordable. A further assessment will be carried out during 2021 once restrictions allow.