Are You Satisfied With Your Repair?
It is important to the Association that we hear your views on the standard of the repairs service we offer.
When you request a repair by the Association, we send you a questionnaire that asks about the quality and standard of our repairs service. It also informs you of when your repair should be completed. Please let us know the day after if your repair has not been completed on time and our staff will pursue the contractor on your behalf.
Please return the tenants’ satisfaction questionnaire after your repair has been carried out. This will allow us to monitor our contractors and improve their performance if necessary.
Each returned questionnaire is entered into our free monthly prize draw – You've got to be in it to win it!
Important Information About Gas Servicing
Gas Servicing is carried out to all of the Association’s properties annually and it is a legal requirement of the landlord to ensure it is carried out to our properties.
Under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 the Association must ensure that all of its gas heating and hot water appliances are serviced at least once in every 12 months.
The servicing of your gas equipment is extremely important for your health and safety and to others who share the building. The risk of carbon monoxide poisoning or gas explosion is a real threat, and annual servicing greatly reduces any such risks.
Only by allowing access to your property can you help to be sure that you are safe. The gas service will highlight any defects and the Association will ensure that they are rectified as soon as possible.
Failure by tenants to refuse or continually deny access is a breach of your tenancy agreement and entry will be forced to your home and you may face Court action.
When Are Tenants Charged For Repairs?
The Association implements a policy on Rechargeable Repairs. This policy was deemed necessary in order to recover money owed to the Association by tenants who damage Association property and who are liable for the cost of the damage. Tenants who refuse to pay for the damage may have a court action raised against them in an attempt to recover the money owed.
Tenants or those they are responsible for (including visitors), who cause damage to our properties must be seen to be held responsible for their actions and not be a drain on the Association’s resources. The Association operates a strict maintenance budget and the cost of wilful damage must be recovered, otherwise it may affect the Association’s ability to carry out normal maintenance repairs.
Are You Thinking About Doing Your Own Home Improvements?
The Association’s Committee has agreed and implemented a policy on Alterations and Improvements. Tenants wishing to change, alter, remove or renew any element within the Association’s property must request permission from the Association in writing. Some examples of where tenants require the Association’s written permission are:
•Ceramic Tiling to walls and floors
•Carrying out electrical work of any nature
•Building garden sheds
•Fitting laminated or solid wood flooring
•Fitting of gas fires
Permission will not be unreasonably withheld, but for obvious reasons, the Association may require to inspect before any request is granted. The Association reserves the right to instruct tenants to remove any alterations that the tenant does not have permission for.
It is quite often the case that when a tenant leaves a property, the Association has to carry out costly repairs to return the property to its original condition. The costs for this type of work could mean there is less money for other vital repairs.
If you want to carry out any alterations, please contact our offices to discuss before you start any work.
Empty Houses (Voids)
When tenants vacate one of our properties for whatever reason, the Association carries out repairs and cleaning to the empty property to our lettable standard before re-letting it to another tenant.
It is the tenant’s responsibility to ensure that the property is left in a habitable condition before leaving. The property must be left in a clean, habitable condition and includes cleaning down of floors, walls, sanitaryware and kitchen units and worktops. It also entails emptying the entire property (including attic). The cost of removing articles left in properties or dumped in gardens, back courts and attics etc will be recharged to the tenant leaving the property and may affect any potential transfer to another Association property.
The same tenants responsibility will apply to repairs required to the void property to bring it up to a lettable standard. Any repairs required that are deemed to be the responsibility of the vacating tenant, will be recharged to that tenant. Any decisions made will take into account fair wear and tear. Damaged properties will be inspected and the Association’s rules regarding rechargeable repairs will be implemented which are outlined in the Association's Maintenance Policy.