• Important information about Coronavirus COVID-19

Updated: Tuesday 24 March 2020

Today marks the first day of a new 3 week period which will impact all of our lives considerably. We want to assure you that whilst we are following the government’s advice, we have the welfare of our staff, our communities, and our service contractors at the forefront of our minds with every decision taken. We know this is tough but we are still here for you.

Latest Government Advice

The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives. When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection. That is why the government is now introducing three new measures.

  • Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes
  • Closing non-essential shops and community spaces
  • Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public

Every citizen must comply with these new measures. The relevant authorities, including the police, will be given the powers to enforce them – including through fines and dispersing gatherings. These measures are effective immediately. The Government will look again at these measures in three weeks, and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.

For more information on how to comply with these new measures, please click here.

Company Advice

Service Contractors

In line with the government’s latest Coronavirus advice, building maintenance workers are permitted to continue attending sites – while practising social distancing. As large numbers of people are at home, the requirement for building safety, cleaning and maintenance is even greater than normal. Site attendance will continue unless and/or until the Government’s advice changes. We are grateful to these service people who continue to serve the development and community during these challenging times. We ask that you show your appreciation, while remaining conscious of the social distancing requirements.

Office

Following the government’s latest Coronavirus advice, our office teams are now working remotely. If you need to interact with us, please visit the Help section of our website where you will find helpful guidance and be able to do things like make a maintenance request. If you need to email us, please make sure your email includes your name, phone number and customer reference number. We will respond as promptly as we can in the current circumstances.

Service Charge & Arrears

During this difficult time for people, we will not be issuing any new service charge demands or arrears reminders during the 21 day shutdown period.

However, it is important to realise that the estate will continue to receive bills that will need to be paid. For example, there will still be things like insurance premiums, electricity bills, and invoices from contractors who will be servicing the development for things like cleaning and the maintenance of critical systems (eg. fire, mechanical plant etc).

As more people are home-based, it’s likely that the pressure on the service charge may increase. Anything that you can do to help minimise this pressure will benefit everyone who pays the service charge. For example, by not disposing of excessive refuse in any bin stores.

 Where possible, we will do our best to accommodate the situation as it evolves.

 NHS Do’s and Don’ts

To help reduce the chance of Coronavirus spreading, the NHS have advised the below “Do’s” and “Don’ts”:

 Do:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds and always before and after eating food
  • Always wash your hands when you get home or into work, especially if you commute via public transport
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

 Don’t:

  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Please take appropriate steps to take care of yourselves and follow the government’s advice as it gets updated.

We thank you for your understanding as we work through this challenging and evolving situation. The most important thing we can all do though, is to keep following the latest advice which can be found here.

 

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