38% of UK social housing residents are living with unresolved maintenance issues in their homes which is impacting their physical and mental health, according to findings from research undertaken by Plentific, the leading provider of real-time property solutions.
The research into the UK housing sector shows that 73% of residents have had a maintenance issue in their home in the past 12 months, with almost half (49%) experiencing three or more issues.
Over a third of residents (35%) reported that current unresolved maintenance issues are impacting their physical and mental health.
A third of residents have experienced damp or mould issues in the last 12 months. Despite 60% claiming this is an emergency or urgent, 60% of those residents said the issue had not been resolved.
Among the maintenance problems residents have faced in the past year, according to Plentific’s latest survey report:
- Over a third (38%) have had issues relating to the temperature of their homes
- More than a quarter (30%) have had plumbing issues
- Nearly a third (32%) have had issues with noise levels
The research shows the stark impact of the cost-of-living-crisis on UK social housing residents, with less than a third (32%) having any disposable income each month after covering basic living costs.
Despite this, over the last year, almost a quarter (23%) of residents are spending 10 or more hours of their own time and £50 of their own money to resolve maintenance issues.
Cem Savas, CEO of Plentific, said: “In the UK, winter presents distinct challenges for people’s homes, with social housing residents grappling with myriad issues including damp, mould and low temperatures, all of which are exacerbated by the cost-of-living crisis.
“Digitalising the maintenance process through a real-time resident facing app is one way of addressing the issue.
“It streamlines requests, reduces response times and ensures timely repairs, fostering resident satisfaction and creating a seamless experience for both landlords, property managers and residents.
“In an era dominated by digital solutions, the simple solution should be more commonplace. Providing safe and warm homes is crucial to the well-being of social housing residents and communities.
“By embracing technology, a healthier future is possible for social housing residents across the UK.”
Damp and mould are a particular issue during the winter months in the UK.
Unresolved maintenance issues are impacting the quality of life for residents, underscoring the pressing need for a transformative approach to better serve the needs of residents.
Housing Digital Stakeholder Plentific’s award-winning software and contractor marketplace offer a complete solution for repairs, maintenance, voids and compliance works in a single platform.
Image: Cem Savas, CEO of Plentific
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