Disrepair in Housing

The recent sector focus on managing damp and mould has prompted CHIC to ensure that our members have the confidence to deliver compliant remedial works and damp surveys through CHIC’s procurement solutions.

Whilst CHIC recognises the difficulty in maintaining assets to a sustainable condition, it believes that an effective strategic approach will help prevent poor quality homes. Tenants’ safety is and should always remain number one priority.

Different to other procurement consortia, CHIC’s member services team and senior leadership are ‘Asset Managers who do procurement’ and ‘not just a procurement consortium’. We understand the pressures large scale delivery of works can put on RP’s, so we provide a fully managed service, supporting our members through the entire procurement process.

Stephen Sharman, CHIC’s Head of Member Services says “CHIC’s mission is to work collaboratively to deliver efficiencies through procurement and commercial support, to ensure that tenants have safe, decent homes to live in. There is a lot more that some RPs can do to ensure tenants feel safe. Mould and damp are amongst many current sector challenges which need to be addressed, and accessing effective procurement solutions helps to create efficient and appropriate solutions”.

On the 22nd November, the Government sought assurance from all providers that they have a clear understanding and strong grip on damp and mould issues in their homes and are addressing risks to tenants’ and residents’ health.

Submission of this information should be made through the MSForms survey by 19 December 2022.

Letter to CEOs of large RPs regarding damp and mould [accessible version] – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)




FRAMEWORK – Consultancy Services

Consultants have tendered a range of rates for specific types of project work along with competitive time charge rates.

Lot 1 – Integrated Consultancy Teams

Integrated Consultant Team (ICT) appointed to take forward projects of any works value, but generally expected to be upwards of £1m construction value providing pre and post contract services through design and construction, commissioning and in-use in accordance with RIBA stages 1-7. The ICT will prepare the tender documents to be used to appoint an Integrated Supply Team (IST) following a standalone competition advertised on Find a Tender (FTS) or already appointed by the member under a separate CHIC Framework Agreement or CHIC Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS). Core disciplines include Contract Administrator, Employers Agent, Building Surveyor, Quantity Surveyor and Principal Designer.




FRAMEWORK – Multiple Elements of Built Environments

This framework gives you easy access to local qualified solutions through a wide selection of market leading contractors.

Lot 1 – Multiple Building ElementsThis Lot on the CHIC Multiple Elements of Built Environments framework is for the renovation or regeneration of individual properties dwellings or schemes including Attached & Adjacent Buildings including Extensions, Bathrooms, Canopies, Decoration, Demolition, Doors, Electricity Generation (Photovoltaics), Electrics, Environmental Improvements External, Environmental Improvements Internal, Fascias, Soffits & Bargeboards, Guttering & Downpipes, Heating, Kitchens, Piling, Remodelling, Roofing Flat, Roofing Pitched, Wall Insulation External, Wall Insulation Internal and Windows.




In May 2022, CHIC hosted a leadership discussion on disrepair. We were keen to bring together representatives of our members with a range of contractors, consultants, manufacturers and other suppliers which make up our supply chain partnership.

CHIC had been hearing more ‘noise’ from members about disrepair. Not only had national television news coverage shone a light on examples of disrepair horrors faced by some tenants, but the issues had been examined by the Housing Ombudsman and social landlords were reporting an increase in claims. So, CHIC thought it should examine the views of its various stakeholders through round table discussions.

Findings from the session can be found here: https://www.chicltd.co.uk/the-disrepair-challenge

Evidently with the more recent focus on Damp and Mould, there are still more important discussions to be held. If you feel that CHIC should hold another roundtable discussion to share updates on progress, please let us know.

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