Housing & Property

According to the current Housing Corporation Regulatory Code and Guidance (2005), Housing associations must be “viable, properly governed and properly managed”

Being “properly managed” means that properties should be well maintained and lettable with efficient and effective repairs meeting legal and contractual obligations. In addition, it also requires housing associations to be mindful of sustainability and environmental issues.

How We Can Help

SOCOTEC has a wide range of environmental, health, safety and welfare services to support housing associations in complying with their regulatory requirements. For example, we offer expertise in:

Asbestos Identification and Management


  • Surveys and assessments (with 24/7 emergency call out)
  • Policy advice and training

Water Safety and Hygiene


  • Compliance audits, risk assessments, training and on-going monitoring programmes
  • Chemical and microbiological, including Legionaella sampling and analysis
  • Cleaning, chlorination and remedial works
  • Hazardous waste separation, disposal and reuse

Geotechnical and Environmental Advice


  • Environment due diligence
  • Contaminated land assessment, remediation and regeneration
  • Waste management and landfill expertise

Materials Testing


  • Concrete testing
  • Aggregate testing
  • In-situ lime and cement testing
  • Structural investigations
  • Fire safety and arson investigation
  • Foundation testing

Health, Safety and Welfare


  • Compliance audits and site audit programmes
  • Advice on the development of policy and risk management systems
  • Provision of a Competent Person to ensure you have the necessary skills, when you need them
  • Training
  • Occupational hygiene
  • Drug and alcohol testing