What is Excess Cold?

Out of the 29 identified risk categories under HHSRS (Housing Health Safety Rating System) this is one of the most important. A large number of properties achieve high scores in this hazard profile and it is poor heating that is believed to be a significant cause of death in the winter months. EHOs (Environmental Health…

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How do you prevent water leaks?

A simple question, but the answer is not so straight forward. Make sure you know your property and the water system. Do check your main stopcock works properly and is both easily accessible and easy to find! A water leak is normally related to winter but these days with so many other water using gadgets…

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Smoke Alarms

Hi, it’s Phil from Sunshine. I’d like to talk to you about smoke alarms. Given we’re in winter, there are three types of smoke alarm you need to be aware of. There’s the hardwired with battery backup, which was introduced into all new properties built since 1996. There is the sealed unit with a 10…

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Empty Properties

Hi, it’s Phil from Sunshine. Again, as we’re in winter I’d like to talk to you about empty properties. It is very important that if a tenant is to go away from a property, or you have a property that is vacant and a void, and not actually tenanted, that you do two things. Firstly,…

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