Private Rented Housing: Coronavirus:Written question - 69597

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 06 July 2020
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Private Rented Housing: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what guidance he plans to provide to landlords of clinically vulnerable tenants, who are currently in the shielded category, on accessing rental properties to carry out routine inspections and repairs after 1 August 2020 .
A
Answered by: Christopher Pincher
Answered on: 13 July 2020

The advice for those shielding is due to be relaxed from 31 July 2020, so that from 1 August 2020, individuals in the clinically extremely vulnerable group will no longer be advised to shield. From 1 August 2020, the guidance given to the clinically extremely vulnerable group is due to be in line with advice currently given to the clinically vulnerable group.

Currently, the Government guidance is that no repair or maintenance work should be carried out in any household where an individual is being shielded, unless that work is to remedy a direct risk to the safety of the household.

From 1 August 2020, advice for those currently in the clinically extremely vulnerable group is due to be relaxed, allowing tradespeople to carry out routine inspections and repairs in households that were previously shielding. It is important that inspections and repairs are carried out in accordance with the latest guidance on working safely in people’s homes. Where these visits occur, landlords and tenants should work together to make prior arrangements to ensure that social distancing is maintained, and appropriate hygiene measures are followed.

Published guidance will be updated accordingly.

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