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Health and Safety and Collaboration With Other Local Agents

June 8th, 2017

As you are aware, over the last year we have been reviewing our health and safety procedures and the way that we check the contractors who we work with. This is to ensure we are complying with current regulations and ensuring the safety of our clients, contractors and other visitors to the blocks we manage.

We have recently met with some of the other ARMA-Q (www.arma.org.uk) managing agents in the Bournemouth and Poole area including Napier, Burns and Hamilton Townsend to discuss how we can work together.  As a group, we have reviewed the way we deal with health and safety and in particular, the way we competency check contractors in accordance with the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. As agents, we tend to use the same contractors, so it make sense that we join forces in the checks we have to undertake. Working with these other agents, we have jointly instructed local  Health & Safety advisor Malcolm Pitcher of MSP (www.mspbusinessservices.co.uk) to streamline our procedures and ensure a uniform approach to health and safety.  We have invited all the contractors we work with to a meeting next week in order to discuss this approach and to introduce them to MSP.

We trust that this keeps you informed but please let us know if you have any queries.

April 28th, 2017

April 26th, 2017

 LEAP – The New Energy and Money Saving Service – FREE For Local Residents

Call now to book your free home visit on 0800 060 7567

Bournemouth Borough Council has recently launched a new, completely free-of-chargeservice called LEAP (Local Energy Advice Programme) for eligible residents. This service aims to help you save money and keep your home warm and cosy.  It is funded by energy companies and approved by energy watchdog Ofgem. You can arrange now to have a free home visit by a LEAP Home Energy Advisor.

 The Home Energy Advisor will:

  • Install free simple energy saving measures in your home – such as low energy LED lightbulbs, reflective radiator panels, shower savers and draught-proofing to wooden windows and doors. These measures save the average household £30 on their energy bills each year (subject to the suitability of your home).
  • Give you energy efficiency hints and tips and, if you have a heating controller, advice on how to set it to keep your energy bills under control.
  • Help you to check if you are on the cheapest energy tariffs. On average, a household can save £287 each year by switching their gas and electricity supply to the cheapest tariff.

After the home visit, the Home Energy Advisor can also arrange for you:

  • Free telephone advice on unclaimed benefits and grants from a money advice specialist – through IncomeMax.
  • Advice on further funding for energy efficiency improvements, such as insulation and heating.
To see if you’re eligible for a LEAP home visit, please look at the checklist overleaf.
If you have any questions or to book a home visit straight away:

Please call on 0800 060 7567 (office hours 8.45am till 5.30pm, Monday to Friday)

 

Eligibility Chart If you pay Council Tax to Bournemouth Borough Council then any of the below qualifies you for LEAP. Your personal information will remain confidentia at all times.

 QUALIFYING CRITERIA – anyone in the following situations:

  • Household with maternity/ child under 5 or particularly large family
  • Carers in receipt of carers allowance
  • Receiving Disability Benefit (e.g. Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment, Attendance Allowance, Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit)
  • Difficult family situation such as victim of domestic violence or recent bereavement

 INCOME CRITERIA– anyone receiving one or more of the following:

  • Housing Benefit
  • Council Tax Reduction
  • Income Support
  • Income-related Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Contribution-based ESA or JSA
  • Income-related Employment & Support Allowance
  • Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit with an income below £16,190
  • Universal Credit with an income below £16,190
  • Income below £16,190

PHYSICAL HEALTH CRITERIA – anyone with one or more of the following:

  • Cardiovascular condition (e.g. coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, transient ischemic attack)
  • Respiratory condition (e.g. COPD, childhood asthma)
  • Neurological condition (e.g. dementia, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy)
  • Musculoskeletal conditions (e.g. osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Blood conditions (e.g. Sickle cell disease, thalassemia)
  • Cancer
  • Physical or sensory disability
  • Other illness exacerbated by living in a cold home (confirmed by your GP)

MENTAL HEALTH CRITERIA, such as:

  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Serious depression (receiving regular treatment)

New Staff

March 27th, 2017

We are delighted to welcome two new members to our team this week.

Maria Sadowska will be offering additional support to our Accounts department.

Andy Thorn is joining us as a Residential Property Manager, bringing with him a wealth of experience.

 

YMCA Homeless Appeal

January 27th, 2017

For our office Christmas party this year, 16 members of the team spent an exciting evening at Poole Stadium grey hound racing… Our random choice of dogs earned us an £86 win which we have just donated to the YMCA homeless appeal.

Health and Safety Update

November 25th, 2016

How we are trying to protect you and ourselves from fines and prosecution.

Over the last year we have been working hard to comply with the changes in health and safety regulations relating to maintenance and repair works (Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015).  Our commitment to safe working practices is to protect the interest of all parties involved – some clients have asked why not all managing agents are following the same rules, a few continue to instruct contractors themselves without our knowledge and some contractors feel we are being inflexible. With a team of safety inspectors roaming the area, all agents and contractors  should be following the same rules. The following incident report demonstrates what can happen……

This is a case that came to light in the courts just a few days ago. It involves an management company, a self-employed gardener doing roofing work and an elderly gentleman who sadly lost his life as a result of a fall from height through a sky-light. It is a good example of what can go wrong.

Roman Lodge Asset Management Limited in Congleton, failed to have adequate systems in place to ensure a competent roofer was appointed. Both the company and the property manager failed to adequately plan and supervise the work, due to their own lack of understanding of standards and the law relating to maintenance/repair works.

Roman Lodge Asset Management Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations and were fined £20,000 with £8,010.00 costs. Its director, pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act and was sentenced to four months imprisonment on each count (suspended for 12 months) and was ordered to pay £8,010.00 costs. The gardener who was instructed to do the roof repair, pleaded guilty to breaching  the Health and Safety at Work Act and was sentenced to six months imprisonment (suspended for 12 months) and was ordered to pay £8,610.47 costs.

http://press.hse.gov.uk/2016/three-fined-after-man-loses-life-due-to-fall-through-fragile-roof/

The simple and reasonable procedures  that we have put in place are designed to avoid this type of incident. Rebbeck Brothers have also retained the services of a health and safety consultant who is working with us to ensure safe working practices and on larger projects to undertake site inspections.  We are working in your best interest to protect your home and investment.

Apprentice Joins Rebbecks

August 11th, 2016

We are delighted that Georgina Leonard has joined us as Apprentice Property Administrator. Georgina will be with us for the next 12 months assisting in different areas of the business and we look forward to working with her.

IRPM Member Exam

July 26th, 2016

Here at Rebbeck Brothers we are dedicated to ensuring our staff receive regular training and progression in the property management sector. This ensures that our clients are receiving the highest possible standard of service. We are delighted to announce that both Marie Coles and Rosie-May Flamson are now Members of the IRPM. Having sat the Members Exam in London in May; both have successfully passed. Congratulations to Marie and Rosie!

New Staff

July 15th, 2016

In order to ensure that we continue to provide our clients with the best possible service, we have recruited two new members of the team. Kristina Kuprijanova who is AAT qualified, has joined our accounts department on a full time basis. She will be working with the rest of the team in dealing with all aspects of service charge and ground rent accounting. We have also recruited Judit Vagara who joins the property management team. Judit is an experienced property manager who has been working for a Salisbury based agent for the last 9 years. She is an Associate of the Institute of Residential Property Management (IRPM).

As well as these new recruits, we are also implementing changes for some of our existing team members. Following my appointment as Managing Director, Tina Stewart, who has been with Rebbecks for the last 13 years has been more involved in mentoring and overseeing the other property managers, as well as managing her own portfolio of properties. Whilst Tina’s role will not change, her title within the business will now be Head of Property Management.

With legal and regulations issues becoming a central part of the property management business, we have asked Rosie-May Flamson to step up to the role of Legal and Compliance Manager. In this role, Rosie, who has a law degree and is an Associate of the IRPM will take responsibility for the procedures in dealing with the changes of ownership of flats, assisting Anthony Mellery-Pratt with company secretarial duties and well as managing compliance with ARMA-Q and health and safety procedures and regulations. Rosie will also assist property managers in dealing with questions in relation to lease terms, as well as overseeing our web site and email newsletters. This appointment demonstrates Rebbeck Brothers commitment to the highest standards in all aspects of property management. In order to undertake this new role, Rosie will be reducing the number of blocks she manages with Judit taking over some of her portfolio.

The recruitment of Judit has also provided the opportunity to assign to her, a number of blocks that Tom Woodley has been managing. This will enable Tom to spend more time on business development and working with new clients. This is an exciting opportunity for Tom to help build on the reputation of Rebbeck Brothers as well as providing property management support at a senior level.

We hope that this keeps you updated and should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.

Matthew Strong
Managing Director
01202 438 904

Office Opening Hours

May 13th, 2016

The office opening hours are Monday to Friday 9.15am to 5.00pm, please note we are closed between 12.30pm and 1.30pm daily


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