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COVID-19 Customer Update  19/03/21

Following the Scottish Government announcement on Tuesday, 16th March 2021, regarding continued COVID -19 restrictions, we are providing the following update.

Risk assessed compliance

As an organisation we continue to ensure that we have all the correct measures in place to deliver services to our customers.  Over the past year we have invested to ensure our team can work from home, providing additional communications systems and IT for this to happen.

Our offices remain closed to the public, with only a small number of staff in head office, for essential work to be carried out (e.g., post etc).

As a result of the first lockdown in March 2020, we have established a comprehensive risk assessed approach to ensuring our staff can work in the safest possible way and this will continue to shape how we work during this current lockdown period. The majority of our staff will continue to work remotely but will be fully operational, working to ensure the very best level of customer service at all times.

Site inspections and on site attendance

We plan to resume a phased return to site inspections on 26th April when travel restrictions are removed.

Where our staff are needed on site, they will have had risk assessments completed.  Where possible they will limit movement within common areas to outside core times in the day, to restrict interaction with others.  We would ask that all safe distancing measures for our staff are respected, when working on your site.

On site offices will be closed for access by homeowners and only our staff will be allowed access.

Please contact your Development Manager for information, as arrangements for each location/site may vary.

Suppliers and contractors

Our suppliers and contractors will work in compliance with Government Guidelines to deliver core services, repairs and maintenance.

We know that during this lockdown period, essential work is permitted ‘for activities in connection with the maintenance, purchase, sale, letting, or rental of residential property that the person owns or is otherwise responsible for’. This will be subject to the contractor’s own organisation’s measures and approach.

Planned improvement works remain suspended until further notice, other than for essential/urgent work, such as a roof refurbishment. This suspension will be subject to the requirements of future Scottish Government updates.  Please contact your Development Manager for confirmation as to whether any work already agreed is going ahead.

Communication routes

Communication routes from you to us remain active and diverts remain in place to ensure that communications are received and actioned.  You can therefore continue to contact James Gibb through the normal routes and be assured that the provision of core services, repairs and maintenance will continue.

Email communication

We would remind all homeowners that during this time, our aim is to communicate with you via email wherever possible.  We ask that homeowners, who have not already done so, contact us at to provide us with their email address. We recognise that some homeowners will not have this form of communication and you may wish to discuss with friends or family members, if they can assist.

James Gibb+ portal

We have also increased our communication flow via our website and request that as many homeowners as possible access their James Gibb+ portal, where you will receive all information regarding your account.

James Gibb+ accounts can be accessed via our website  You will need your account number and JG+ number, which can be found on your most recent invoice.

At James Gibb, we were hoping that by this time we would be reporting better news, but rest assured that as soon as Government restrictions allow, normal service will be resumed.  In the meantime, although we must limit contact to protect our staff and our customers, please know that James Gibb will continue to carry out the factoring service for your development.

We hope that our customers, clients and team are safe during these exceptionally difficult times.

Directors Office

The Importance of Having a Factor

In Scotland, owners that reside within a block of flats that have areas with a common ownership, often appoint a property factor. Property factors manage and maintain the common parts of the building and/or the surrounding land and are on hand to administer repairs, arrange communal cleaning and manage the maintenance of communal grounds, to name a few, when required. So, what are the benefits of having a property factor?

Hassle free maintenance

Essentially, property factors are there to lighten the load of individual owners by taking up the hassle and pressure for dealing with the every-day, property management issues. This is particularly beneficial for buildings which have numerous flats and owners, where organising repair works and reaching a consensus can often be tricky. If there is repair work needing carried out, your factor will contact the relevant contractors to resolve the issue for you. Thanks to the movement towards paperless billing and online customer portals, making payments and reviewing the progress of repair work is made easy for everyone involved.

Prevent disputes with neighbours

By appointing a factor, it means that both owners and contractors can have a peace of mind when it comes to repair and maintenance work. Self-factoring can often lead to disputes with owners who don’t do their share or refuse to co-operate in managing the communal areas. Additionally, it’s often that builders are reluctant to work with self-factors in the fear that they won’t get paid due to poor admin/payment systems. A factor is important for regulating this work and ensuring that it’s a win-win for owners and contractors alike.

Provide added value services

Some property factors go over and above their service terms and conditions to ensure that the property is maintained effectively. At James Gibb, we pride ourselves in the added value services we provide, such as a 24/7 emergency contact phone number for emergency services, attendance at all committee meetings and AGMs, reminders to residents of their responsibilities regarding anti-social behaviour etc. and simply spending the time to gain a genuine understanding of our residents needs and wishes.


Looking for a property factor? Get in touch with us here.

Out of Hours Emergency. Call us on 0333 240 8325 where our helpline operators will assist you


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