Harris Lamb Blog – 10th Jan
10th January, 2011.
“Oh the weather outside is frightful, let it snow, let it
snow, let it snow….!”
By Gert Corfield, Director, Management.
The winter is always a busy time for managing agents responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of clients’ properties, and with the adverse weather recently, this year has been no exception for the Property Management department at Harris Lamb.
Whilst many people may have been enjoying snowball fights or building snowmen, the arrival of arctic conditions creates a whole raft of issues for property owners and managers.
The key to successful minimisation of disruption is having a well prepared contingency plan whereby gritting procedures and supplies are in place, and immediate action can be instigated to tackle nature’s challenges.
Action prior to the arrival of the winter is also essential, particularly to seek to eliminate problems with burst pipes and maintenance issues at vacant premises. The last thing any property owner wants is an emergency call on Christmas Day, and the role of the Property Manager is not only to react swiftly and effectively in the event of a problem, but also to employ procedures and policies to proactively minimise the likelihood of any disasters.
Property Management is all about taking responsibility for a client’s assets in ‘bricks and mortar’ and ensuring they are properly cared for whilst in the trust of third party tenant’s or making sure that the asset is kept safe, secure and in good condition when vacant.
Central to the Property Managers job is a duty of care to their client but also a responsibility under Statute to uphold the law in carrying out our functions.
The Acts of Parliament are many and varied but here are just some of those we have to be mindful of and adhere to:-
• Health and Safety Act 1974
• Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006
• Work at Height Regulation 2003
• Human Rights Acts
• Data Protection Act 1995
• Disability Discrimination Act 1995
• Law and Property Act 1925, Town and Country Planning Act 1990
These are only a handful of the Legal Acts that we have to refer to and be guided by as we carry out our property management duties.
In taking responsibility on behalf of clients we are under a clear duty to not only protect and enhance values but also to act professionally and within the framework that the myriad of Laws and Acts of Parliament guide us to.
For more information on how we can manage your property and help protect and build your portfolio of assets in land and property please contact one of the Management Team.
Gert can be reached on 0121 455 9455 or via email: Gert.firstname.lastname@example.org
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