As your property factor Southside Factoring and Related Services will issue you with a “Written Statement of Service”. This document will summarise our factoring services.
Southside Factoring & Related Services will organise tenement close inspections at least twice a year to enable our staff to identify common repairs, which may not have been identified by owners. The inspections will also monitor garden maintenance, stair cleaning, (if provided) close decoration, external decoration, the roof and gutters.
As a general principle, where a common repair is likely to exceed £1,000 (Including VAT), SFARS will inform owners and, where possible, consult with them before instructing the repairs.
The following time-scales will apply where the cost of the repair is not thought likely to exceed £1,000 (including VAT).
- routine repairs will be within 7 working days. A routine repair will generally involve a situation that does not present any immediate health and safety risk.
- urgent repairs will be within 2 working days. An urgent repair will generally involve a situation that does not pose an immediate threat to health and safety, but may do so if left unattended.
- emergency repairs will be within 2 hours. The contractor will endeavour to attend and make safe within 2 hours. Some emergencies may not be fully repaired within two hours and remaining work will be completed as soon as is practical. An emergency repair will generally involve a situation that poses an immediate threat to health and safety or security. It may include repairs where delay could result in significant damage to the property.
In situations where there is a risk to the health and safety of owners, we can instruct necessary repairs to protect all residents and their properties. We can apply to have essential work enforced, but we strive to reach agreement by consulting with owners.
Out of Hours Emergency Service
Where an out of hours contractor has responded to an emergency call from an owner, the contractor will contact the SFARS repairs team on the next possible working day to provide details of the call-out and action taken.
If the emergency repair (and follow-up work, if relevant) is a common repair, the cost will be shared amongst the owners in terms of the title deeds. Costs for non-common repairs (which benefit individual flats) will be charged in full to the owner who instructed the repair.
Buildings insurance is a separate cost. SFARS insures owners’ shares of the property through a block policy for factoring owners. All owners will be encouraged to join the SFARS block comprehensive building insurance policy.
In cases where the title deeds specify that the factor should arrange the insurance, this will be enforced against owners. If the title deeds are silent on this matter, the owners retain the right to hold their own insurance cover, provided the minimum level of required cover is in force.
Glasgow Care and Repair Service
Southside Housing Association manages the Glasgow Care & Repair Service in partnership with Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Housing Regulator. The service offers advice and assistance to people who are older or have a disability to help them repair, improve or adapt their homes.
A further development of the Care and Repair Service is a small repairs team which provides a repair improvement and maintenance service to homeowners and private tenants over 60 and/or the disabled who are required to pay for materials only.