Assa Abloy Security Solutions has released a white paper on key management and control for void properties in the social housing sector. Entitled ‘Key management and control for void properties’, the guide is now available for download.
According to the Department for Communities and Local Government, housing associations and local authorities own five million homes in the UK, with 610,000 of these homes empty at any one time between tenancies – approximately an eighth of the total stock.
The time spent by local authorities physically handing over keys between different maintenance staff and contractors can cause significant workflow delays, increase the risk of keys being lost or stolen, and result in considerable delays in re-letting properties.
All of these issues can potentially lead to large costs for councils and housing associations. The white paper addresses the impact that effective key management and control can have on improving operational efficiencies for void properties, as well as ensuring budgets are used more efficiently.
The guide’s author, Simon Wilson, National Sales Manager for ASSA CLIQ Remote, said: “In the social housing sector, the pressure to re-let houses as quickly as possible and work to tight budgets should not be underestimated. Nevertheless, properties will inevitably stand empty between tenancies, while staff and contractors carry out the necessary repairs and maintenance.
“As a result, the need for an efficient and effective key management process is really important. Our latest guide discusses this in more detail, while demonstrating the benefits of ASSA CLIQ Remote.”
Download the white paper here