Property maintenance for my closed premises

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I’m a business owner and my shop has been closed for nearly 2 months now. is there anything I should be doing to maintain it whilst it’s closed as well as making sure its secure?

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Asked on 21st May 2020 1:06 pm
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Thank you for the question – Whilst ensuring that social distancing is mainlined within business premises as per government guidelines it is important to consider the effect a long period of closure has had on your business premises. One key thing to think about is its water supply – as such it may be prudent to consider seeking expert guidance towards assessing the potential risks of long standing water in tanks or pipes within your business before resuming water use. United Utilities has issued guidance to help businesses with resuming water use in your business safely. https://www.unitedutilities.com/globalassets/documents/pdf/8701-business-reopening-covid-19-leaflet-v9-web-acc.pdf

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Answered on 21st May 2020 5:11 pm
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    There is some helpful advice online. Although it is for ecclesiastical premises the advice applies generally to empty commercial buildings: https://www.ecclesiastical.com/risk-management/unoccupied-properties-during-covid-19/; Zurich Insurance have issued some guidance on safety and security of temporarily empty premises here: https://www.zurich.co.uk/insurance/coronavirus/temporarily-closing-premises; and Lancashire fire service have provided some guidance on fire safety for temporarily empty buildings here: https://www.lancsfirerescue.org.uk/safety/business-safety/business-fire-safety-during-coronavirus-outbreak/

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    Answered on 21st May 2020 3:40 pm
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      Catherine, I am assuming that you rent the Property? If so, your obligations for maintenance and repair are set out in your lease. As far as security is concerned the simple answer is that you should be doing as much as is possible - speak to your insurer if you have any doubts as they may have specific requirements for empty property. I hope that i understood your query correctly!

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      Answered on 21st May 2020 1:12 pm
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