SKDC is appealing to tenants to allow operatives onto their premises to check gas appliances as part of its support for Gas Safety Week.
The dedicated week from September 14 to 20 will see the council raise awareness of gas safety issues to all residents in South Kesteven.
But tenants in council homes are being asked to ensure they always keep appointments with the council’s contractors, Liberty Gas, to allow their operatives into properties so gas appliances can be regularly checked and their homes kept safe.
The council has estimated it costs the authority over £80,000 per annum due to access to properties being denied despite letters and text messages notifying tenants of the appointment weeks in advance.
Year on year this cost equates to 30 kitchen upgrades, 53 bathroom upgrades, 30 full heating upgrades to properties or 24 full rewires of homes that the council could undertake at properties.
SKDC’s Executive Manager for Property Neil Cucksey said: “We appreciate many people have busy lives but it’s very important that tenants make a note and keep appointments and give access to Liberty Gas staff on our behalf.
“This allows operatives to make the necessary gas checks to keep properties safe and give you and your family peace of mind that your gas appliances are safe.
“Unfortunately we have required court action to access some properties in recent months so tenants must be aware we require entry to a property at the time and date stated on the letter or text message.”
Tenants wishing to change their appointment time can do so by calling SKDC on 033 0333 8393.