Factors affecting housing maintenance cost

Malcolm Horner, Mohamed El-Haram

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    One of the findings of the research looking at the application of integrated logistics support (ILS) to the existing building stock carried out by the authors was that many factors have an effect on maintenance cost. In an attempt to uncover the underlying factors, a questionnaire survey was conducted among 50 local authority and housing associations throughout Scotland. The aim of the questionnaire was to identify the extent to which 24 factors impede the optimum application of maintenance cost. This paper describes the objectives of building maintenance and the principal elements of housing maintenance cost. The study revealed that maintenance cost is greatly influenced by factors which can only be evaluated subjectively, such as high expectations of tenants and improper use of the property.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)115-123
    Number of pages9
    JournalJournal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2002


    • Housing
    • Local authorities
    • Maintenance
    • Maintenance programmes


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