Coronavirus (COVID-19) Useful Info for Landlords

Filed in Bath, Bristol, Landlords by on 23rd March, 2020 2 Comments

We have collated a number of links and some general information to help landlords keep on top of the Coronavirus situation. Hopefully, you will find this page of use during these challenging and sad times.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020

Consolidated_Landlord_and_Tenant_Guidance_COVID_and_the_PRS_v4.2

Government Covid-19 Guidance for Landlords and Tenants 30th March 

PM Boris Johnson address to the Nation 23rd March 8:30pm

Landlord Law Webinar video on COVID-19 for landlord (what you need to know)

CORVID-19 where you live (updated daily to monitor spread of Coronavirus

Help for Landlords & Tenants (Rents & BTL Mortgages)

Guidance for Employers (ref 80% payment to employees)

Coronavirus NHS Poster

Guidance for Households with possible Coronavirus Infection

COVID-19 Cleaning of non-healthcare Settings

Coronavirus – what you need to do (general information for all)

General Information (source BLA):

Coronavirus Self-isolating

It is vital to stay at home to stop coronavirus from spreading.

  • Keep a minimum of 2 metres (3 steps) from other people in your home. Older people or those with long-term health conditions are at most risk.
  • Stay at home, ask friends, family or delivery services to deliver food shopping and medicines. You will need to avoid contact with them.
  • Sleep alone if possible.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and warm water for at 20 seconds or more.
  • Stay away from older people and those with long-term health conditions.
  • Keep hydrated, take painkillers, if required, if advised like paracetamol and ibuprofen, to help with your virus symptoms.

Coronavirus – Face Mask

If you have to go into another room, where there are people while you are self-isolating, you must wash your hands and wear a face mask (FMP3 standard). If you don’t have a face mask, stay at least 2 metres away from other people. 

Ideally, anyone in a room with you should also wear a face mask. Please do not touch the front of the mask when you are removing it. Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water after you take it off.

You do not need to wear a face mask when there is no one else in the room with you.

Coronavirus – Ending self-isolation

The NHS is advising you to remain at home for seven days after the incipience of your symptoms. If you feel better after seven days and no longer have a high temperature, you can return to your normal routine. If you have not had any signs of improvement you should seek medical advice, you should contact NHS online at 111.nhs.uk or call NHS on 111.

Repairs to the property?

If a tenant or anyone in their household is self-isolating, you should delay all none essential urgent repairs.  

Landlords who wish to organise repairs or Safe Gas inspections should communicate with the tenant by email. 

If the tenant is self-isolating, ask them to confirm this by email. After the self-isolation period, you should organise the inspection and or repairs. 

You should send the environmental officer at your local authority an email that you are unable to complete the inspection and explain the circumstances.

If repairs or inspection is urgent, then you will have to attempt to complete the repair, but seek advice from the council environmental officer and or NHS 111. 

Laundry

Do not shake dirty laundry; this minimises the possibility of dispersing virus through the air.

If you do not have a washing machine, then wait a further 72 hours after your seven day isolation period has ended when you can then take your laundry to a public launderette. 

Landlords with HMO’S and Bedsits 

Buildings are efficient at spreading disease, experts see common areas, like lobbies and hallways, as low-risk areas. This is because you are rarely in close contact for a prolonged period with your neighbours. There is a better chance of contracting the virus from a co-worker who sits three feet away, or a family member or roommate.

Experts believe the risk in building common areas as casual, at best. Evidence suggests that the virus is not transmitted through ventilation systems. This is not an illness that can be easily spread through casual contact.

Landlords, building managers running HMO’s, Bedsits or serviced offices should clean more often and use disinfectant cleaning products.

Landlords of (HMO’s) should advise their tenants, of the importance of following the hygiene practices, outlined on this page.

Landlords and building managers should take steps to limit the possibility of transmission and make their tenants staff feel safer. They should be cleaning and disinfecting high-traffic surfaces like front-door handles and elevator buttons, as well as common rooms and laundry rooms. They can also station hand-sanitizer around the building, which could be particularly useful with supplies running low in stores. 

1. Ventilate kitchens, bathrooms and sitting areas that are shared as much as possible. 

2. If you can, use a separate bathroom from the rest of the household. 

3. use different towels, from other people in your house. 

4. All residents in the home, need to clean the bathroom, kitchen after each use by wiping surfaces you have come in contact with.

Landlords should post signs, encouraging residents to be vigilant about keeping their homes disinfected. 

 

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Rob Crawford is the chairman of the Association of Local Landlords (Wessex). Rob is a practicing landlord with a property portfolio that includes small private residential properties and HMO's. Rob is a qualified letting agent and former owner of Kingfisher Lettings & Management. He is now a share holder of the successful online lettings company Lettingsupermarket.com.

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  1. Liz Daniel says:

    Thanks for this. Most useful.
    I have 3 certificates outstanding but the gas cannot be checked because the households are self isolating at present..
    I am hoping that the gardener can still cut grass and clear weeds because he works alone, drives alone and sees no tenants.
    I have 4 of the worst illnesses so have been isolated for over a week now. Just dealing with departures by e-mail.

  2. Rob Crawford says:

    Hi Liz, I have just e-mailed to all our members a copy of the latest Government guidance for Landlords and Tenants. The guidance covers the landlord’s obligations with respect to gas safety and contractors etc. Common sense should prevail and any work should be limited to essential work only.

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