Aico LACORS Repair Revisited – Professional Electrician


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Aico recently facilitated a panel discussion on the LACORS (Local Authority Coordinators for Regulatory Services) guidance document, following a similar discussion in October 2020. The initial discussion called for ownership of the document to be established, due to the LGA relinquishing authority, updating key areas and adding sections. Following this update and reform of LACORS, the discussion reached a consensus that all sector members would adopt the document. Now, Aico has facilitated discussion of another virtual board for a segment update. The webinar was chaired by Tina Mistry, Director of Relations at Aico, and was joined by Jake Mathias from RHE Global, Simone Moore from CS Todd & Associates, and Gavin Dick from NRLA (National Residential Owners Association). At the hearing, it was revealed that the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is reviewing the LACORS document in line with the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS). Jake Mathias, RHE Global, and Simon Moore, CS Todd & Associates Ltd, are part of this project, commissioned by MHCLG. Jake Mathias and Simon Moore explained how this review aims to address some of the points raised in the initial LACORS discussion; HHSRS reform with the possibility of incorporating minimum standards to standardize the requirements of the housing sector. Both parties have acknowledged the disconnect in the complex landscape of standards, regulations and legislation, particularly with regard to fire safety, and are examining commonalities in order to address this. This review will use three main methods of consultation with landlord groups, charter agencies, and focus groups of fire experts to gain the necessary scope for the document to remain applicable to all tenure periods. Key findings will be a simpler way to assess scopes, update guidance for landlords, update enforcement guidance for local authorities, and issue guidance for tenants. Tina Mistry, Relationship Manager at Aico, commented, “LACORS is a widely used document by many in the private and social charter sector, and this has been made clear in these webinars. LACORS is badly in need of updating and requires a collaborative approach to develop a document fit for purpose. Updating Which is aligned with HHSRS is a positive step towards achieving greater coherence and clarity within the sector.” The review began in October 2020 and has a two-year completion schedule.


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