17 March, 2008
Parkway Green Housing Trust, a Manchester based not-for-profit housing company, has seen a significant increase in the number of tenants that are allowing access to their properties for gas safety inspections. By law all landlords must check every gas appliance in every home, every year.
The social landlord believes this success has been aided by the strong working relationship they have with the housing litigation team at North-West law firm Forbes Solicitors.
The Forbes Housing team, spread across offices in Preston, Manchester and Leeds has helped Parkway Green to implement a new policy and procedure and streamlined their legal processes. Combined with the proactive and innovative efforts of Parkway Green there has been a 92% reduction in no access properties with their current successful access and service completion rate standing at 99.8%.
Keith Nicholson, M&E Engineering Services Manager at Parkway Green commented 'We are delighted with the progress which we have made over the last 12 months. We are within touching distance of the 100% access rate which we are striving to achieve, but with continued efforts and dedication I am confident that we will achieve our goal in the near future.'
Stuart Penswick, who fronts Forbes Solicitors Housing Litigation team in Preston, added 'Parkway Green Housing Trust have combined a robust policy and procedure and knowledgeable staff with a purposeful approach to ensuring the safety of their tenants. It is pleasing to see that efforts have been made to engender a genuine gas safety culture amongst both staff and tenants.'