The Government published the Social Housing White Paper on 17 November. This document contains significant proposals that will change how social landlords operate, including new powers to the Social Housing Regulator, new tenant engagement and satisfaction measures and improved complaints processes.

Asset management teams will need to consider how they will implement proposed 4-yearly property compliance inspections, the potential impact of mandatory installation of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to all properties, and how to respond to an increased focus on a wide range of building safety matters.

The White Paper also confirms that a full review of the Decent Homes Standard will commence in 2021, seeking to modernise and extend the Standard to include building safety and security, energy efficiency and green space provision.

We know that Social Housing landlords will be keen to proactively respond to these changes at the earliest opportunity. Through our network of UK offices, Rapleys provide clients with expert Asset Management consultancy services. If we can be assistance, please contact Martin Gladwin, Head of Housing Consultancy.

Martin is a Chartered Building Surveyor with over 25 years’ experience in the social housing sector. After completing a Building Surveying Degree in 1988, Martin has worked for Hunter and Partners, Savills, Ridge and Partners LLP and Plus Dane Housing (a registered provider operating in the North West), where he was Head of Asset Management for seven years, managing a portfolio of over 13,000 homes.

He joined Rapleys in 2020 as a Senior Associate, leading the Housing Consultancy team which provides a comprehensive range of specialist asset management consultancy services to Local Authorities, Housing Associations, ALMO’s and other owners of residential housing portfolios across the UK.

Having worked in both public and private sectors, Martin uses his extensive experience of property asset management, financial business plan modelling, viability and sustainability assessments, stock condition surveys and energy efficiency to provide expert advice to clients with a full understanding of the regulatory, strategic and operational issues that define excellent and modern asset management practices.

Martin specialises in stock condition surveys and has completed some of the largest and most complex surveys to date in the UK. He works with clients to understand the nature and performance of their assets to deliver informed options appraisals, to determine and prioritise actions and ensure the portfolio is managed effectively, professionally and in alignment with business plans.