Housing Associations Subsidence Estate Management in UK

There are certain health and safety standards which apply to rented homes and by law, a home must be safe and fit to live in when a tenancy starts and this must continue throughout the tenancy.

Normally private and social housing landlords are responsible for most repairs in their properties, including any damage or disrepair affecting the structure/exterior of the building. The Social Housing (Regulation) Act 2023 received royal assent on 20 July 2023 and introduced changes to the regulation of social housing putting more responsibilities on the landlord to resolve repair issues.

Landlord Property Repairs and Estate Management

It is the landlord’s responsibility to ensure the property you rent is safe and habitable, regardless of whether it is a domestic or commercial property. As a private or social housing landlord, the owner is responsible for keeping properties safe, secure and in good condition.

Contact us on 0333 1300592 and remember to distinguish yourself on the call from a domestic customer, to a commercial client. We offer discounts for multiple properties in the same postcode areas. Our customer data has given valuable insights on the most susceptible postcodes around the UK, from South Wales, to the Midlands and Lincolnshire, to North, South and East London areas.

Subsidence is often considered a difficult problem to solve by housing associations or social housing providers, due to the potential disruption and cost of having to get it treated. However, using our resin injection solution rather than traditional underpinning methods means that the tenant can stay in their home, and there is little or no mess associated with the work.

We understand there are huge pressures on landlords and housing associations to improve the standards of their existing stock, respond to new legislation, (such as the Social Housing Act), and meet the Government carbon reduction challenges. These are all adding to the cost pressures on housing association business plans.

Sustainable Eco-Friendly Foundation Property Retrofit Repairs

As a business, we understand the challenges and we are here to support your stock investment and retrofit agendas, allowing you to find cheaper and lower carbon solutions to issues such as subsidence.

We can help by fixing subsidence problems for half the cost of traditional underpinning, doing this with little or no excavation work and without using concrete, and normally work is carried out in a day, which critically significantly reduces your regeneration carbon profile.

We believe that our innovative solution of resin injection instead of underpinning can deal with subsidence issues more cost effectively, speed up the turnaround time of the work being carried out and could be an important factor in your decisions on where you continue to invest in your stock.

With the Homes England funding programme now accepting bids for regeneration projects, now could be the perfect time to deal with properties that have subsidence so that they can be returned to your portfolios.

We are keen to work with landlords and housing associations to ‘save one property at a time’, so we’d be delighted to meet, introduce our solution and offer you ideas for meeting your investment budgets

What is subsidence? What are the symptoms and signs?

Subsidence is a severe problem caused by the ground under your property sinking. This means the foundations of your home can become unbalanced, moving the walls and floors of the house from their original groundwork, and leading to cracks and destabilisation of your house.

There are various causes of subsidence, the main 3 are:

  1. Soils (particularly clay soil), can expand and contract with changes in weather causing a property to move
  2. Drainage around a property may be compromised or broken, causing voids to form below a property causing sinkage
  3. Tree roots can impact a property’s foundations, causing movement of the foundations or footings

There are a few trademark visual signs of subsidence, such as cracks in the wall that are visible from both inside and outside, as well as visible leaning of the property and movement cracks around windows and doors.

Subsidence Underpinning with Concrete Acting Resin

If a property is experiencing subsidence, it needs to be treated as soon as possible. If left untreated, subsidence will only worsen, over time and it may become unsafe to live in.

The traditional method of treating subsidence is underpinning, where the foundations are reinforced with concrete or steel. This can cause headaches for landlords and housing associations, with the tenants having to move out of the properties while the work is being carried out. As well as disrupting the tenants, it also comes at a significant cost.

All of this can be avoided with our solution of resin injections. We produce a treatment plan, which involves us drilling small penny-sized holes and injecting a resin and hardener into the ground, which fills any voids, strengthens the soils and if needed lifts the foundation to the correct levels.

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