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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 enquiries@jamesgibb.co.uk 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 www.jamesgibb.co.uk.  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.

Regards
Directors Office

Repairs and Maintenance

James Gibb identified the need to deliver excellence in both service delivery and customer care across all aspects of property management and factoring. In the provision of property repair and maintenance services, we provide the residential and commercial property sector with a customer focused service, fully equipped to satisfy all requirements and the day to day demands of our customers.

We fully understand the importance of protecting and maintaining property investments to the highest standards, to avoid potential serious financial implications and achieve full market value. The provision of an expert property repair and maintenance service across the developments that we manage, is essential to achieving this long term return.

Our 24 hour, 365 days property maintenance and repair service, covers locations throughout mainland Scotland, including Central, East and West of the country together with Dundee, Angus, Perthshire, North and East Fife and the North of Scotland spanning Aberdeen, Inverness and surrounding areas.

Our ‘out of hours’ emergency control centre handles emergency call outs and facilitates emergency repair and maintenance services.

Development maintenance

Across the developments that we serve, it is our responsibility to manage and maintain all the associated common elements and features. More information on what this typically includes can be found in our helpful and downloadable, customer support guides 

In order to properly manage all common areas, our development managers visit each development on an agreed regular cycle. We do, of course, appreciate our owners advising us of any repairs that are required between visits and provide an online digital contact form, for this purpose. You can request a repair online, easily, quickly and efficiently at any time.

Major repairs and maintenance projects

As well as on-going routine requirements, we manage major projects from the identification of needs to arranging quotes, in-gathering funds, monitoring progress, signing off on completion of works etc. Also, we have access to a team of quantity surveyors who can assist in assessing matters.

We encourage our various Residents’ Associations to work together with us to produce long term preventative maintenance plans etc.

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