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Landlords’ Responsibilities for Repair and Maintenance (Wales) | Responsibilities and Liabilities (Wales) | Wales

Contractors and repairs

20 Oct 2020 | 1 comment

Hi guildy, I read a recent article on covid and repairs. It mentions businesses having to write a risk assessment for access and repairs. Do we as landlords have to write a risk assessment and if so have you any generic ones we can use and what do we do with them please

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  1. guildy

    Although a risk assessment will be required, the general rule is that a “written” assessment only applies where there’s 5 or more employees. As such, it’s rare for a landlord to need it in writing.

    It will generally be fairly straightforward for a landlord:

    • avoid entry unless necessary (e.g. repair and/or legally required like gas safety)
    • if entry can’t be avoided, can the occupiers be out during the visit?
    • Appropriate distancing, PPE and cleanliness

    We don’t have a template but all the guidance needed is available here.

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