Repairs to your home
We provide a full repair service to maintain our homes in the best possible condition.
If you have a repair to report, you can do so online or over the phone.
Please read our procedure for reporting repairs and also please check who is responsible for it.
Reporting a repair
To report a repair over the phone, please contact our repairs centre on 020 8319 8870
If you need to have a repair carried out to your home, please follow this process to report it.
First, please check the list of repairs below to see whose responsibility it is – ours or yours. Please remember that we have no obligation to repair anything that has been damaged or misused by you or your family or visitors, or anything that does not belong to us. If we have to carry out such a repair for health and safety reasons, we will have to re-charge you for the cost.
Who is responsible?
|Baths||Repairs to fittings and supply systems, except bath panels||√|
|Carpentry||Except repairing and maintaining any improvements made by you||√|
|Chains and plugs||Chains and plugs on basins and sinks||√|
|Chimney and flue||√|
|Communal areas||Light-fitting and letterboxes||√|
|Central heating||Except for the resetting of controls/timers, bleeding radiators and re-lighting pilots||√|
|Cooker||Switch or socket (once you have changed the fuse)||√|
|Curtain||Batten or curtain rails||√|
|Damage||Due to forced entry by police (but we will make safe)||√|
|Due to break in (if a crime reference number is provided)||√|
|Any damage caused by you||√|
|Decoration – External||√|
|Decoration – Internal||√|
|Doors (external) / Door entry systems||You are responsible for fitting any draft excluders||√|
|Doors (internal)||Excluding handles, locks and adjustments to doors due to floor coverings||√|
|Door furniture||Including bells (unless communal), letterboxes, knockers, chains, numbers, nameplates||√|
|Front door lock||Including communal front door locks||√|
|Fixtures and fittings||Such as curtain rails, curtains, shelving units, lights (fitted by you)||√|
|Floor boards||Structural repairs to internal floors||√|
|Gardening and trees||Except communal gardens||√|
|Gas||If you smell gas, ring Transco on 0800 111 999 immediately||√|
|Glazing||Except when a crime reference number is provided||√|
|Hand basins||Except hand basin, plug and chain||√|
|Infestations||Except infestations that cause a statutory nuisance, e.g. rats, mice, pharaoh’s ants & cockroaches||√|
|Light fittings||Except light bulbs and dimmer switches||√|
|Loss of keys||We do not keep spare sets of keys to your home||√|
|Plastering||Except decorative plaster cracks, less than 5mm wide – thickness of 2 £1 coins||√|
|Plumbing repairs and leaks||Except where caused by washing machines and dishwashers||√|
|Sanitary fixtures & fittings||Except toilet seats, sink plugs and chains||√|
|Only fixtures and fittings supplied by us||√|
|Shower unit||Except sink plugs and chains||√|
|Shower hose & head||√|
|Smoke detectors||Hardwired (electrical)||√|
|Switches and sockets||We will repair electrical wiring, but not dimmer switches||√|
|TV aerials and sockets||Unless it is a communal aerial||√|
|Washing line posts||Unless specified in tenancy||√|
|Window-frames & sills||√|
|Window handles, fasteners & locks||Only where ground floor window locks where supplied by us||√|
|Waste blockages||Blockages caused by tenants will be re-charged (e.g. nappies, food)||√|
If you think the repair is our responsibility, please ring the Repairs Hotline on 020 8319 8870. They will confirm whether or not we can carry out the repair and will arrange an appointment for a contractor to visit you within the agreed response time for that type of repair.
The response times for the different types of repairs are listed below. Sometimes it may be necessary for one of our surveyors to visit you to inspect the problem first.
Priority 1 – Emergency repairs – within 24 hours
Emergency repairs are required when there are serious health and safety and/or security risks, or where immediate work is needed to prevent major damage to your home. In these cases we will raise an order for the contractor to visit as quickly as possible and complete the work or make your home safe within 24 hours.
- Serious floods and leaks
- Loss of heating and/or hot water between 1st November and 30th April
- Loss of cold water supply
- Lift breakdowns
- Complete loss of electricity
- No lighting throughout the home
- Exposed wires
- Damage to windows or doors which makes the home insecure
- Boarding and securing empty properties
- Blocked drains or toilets where there is only one WC
- Dangerous ceilings, plasterwork and walls
Priority 2 – Routine repairs – up to a maximum of 35 days
These are repairs which cause inconvenience or discomfort. We aim to complete all routine repairs within 35 days.
- Loss of heating and hot water between 1st May and 31st October
- Blocked sinks, basins, baths and showers
- Leaking roofs, toilets and drains
- Repairs to collapsed ceilings and floors
- Faulty front or back doors
- Faulty communal lights
- Defective entry phone doors
- Faulty communal lights
- Defective entry phone doors
Major communal repairs such as roof leaks or communal door replacement will take longer to diagnose and remedy.
Out of hours
If you need to report a repair outside office opening hours, including at weekends or on a public holiday, please check that the repair is a Priority 1 (emergency) repair. If you are sure it is, then please ring 0300 123 3456. This is the Out of Hours Hotline, which will arrange for a contractor to visit your home within 24 hours.
The contractor will do their best to complete the work, but may have to simply make things safe or do a temporary repair until the usual contractor can come on the next working day.
If the repair is not an emergency, please wait until our office is open and report it in the normal way.
Please be aware that if you call out the emergency repairs contractor for a repair which is not Priority 1, you will be charged for the cost of the work.
Gas servicing & emergencies
As your landlord, we are obliged by law make sure that your gas boiler is serviced every year without fail. This is extremely important for you and your family: a faulty boiler can be very dangerous.
Our contractor will contact you at about the same time every year to arrange a visit to your home. During the visit, the engineer will check that your heating system is working properly and carry out any repairs needed, as well as servicing the boiler and checking your smoke detectors.
Please help us to help you by giving our engineer access at the arranged time. If you do not co-operate with us on this, we may have to ultimately force entry to your home and cap off the gas supply until you give us access to carry out the service.
If you can smell gas or suspect that you may have a gas leak
you must call the National Grid on 0800 111 999 immediately.
What happens once Charlton Triangle Homes has agreed to do a repair?
When we have agreed to carry out a repair to your home, we will, in most circumstances, offer you an appointment time. This will be either an am or pm appointment slot. At this time, we are not usually able to give set times as it is easy for a job to overrun, which then impacts on all the appointments following that job.
If you are not happy with what has been done, please contact us as soon as possible. We may need to visit your property to see the work for ourselves before taking further action.
We are also using new technology to improve our service. If you have a mobile phone, we can send you text reminders about repair appointments, and we will use text messaging to see if you are satisfied with the job once it has been completed.
What about the outside of my home?
Apart from day-to-day repairs, we will aim to decorate the outside of your property (and any communal internal areas) and carry out “cyclical” maintenance (such as renewing guttering or drainpipes) as required. You will receive plenty of warning about this and will be asked about colour schemes and so on, if this applies.
Charlton Triangle Homes is proud of its repair service and works hard to make sure it keeps improving. From time to time, we will ask for your views on the way things are going and whether you have any suggestions for making the service better.
You will also receive annual reports from us on our repairs performance: how much we are spending, how we are meeting our targets etc.
There are some repairs that the Government requires us to do within a certain time period. In the unlikely event that we fail to do this, you have the legal remedy of right to repair.
What if I can’t carry out the repair myself?
If you are elderly and/or have serious disabilities or health problems and feel that you cannot get the repair done even though it is your responsibility, please contact us and explain your situation. The Customer Services Officer will tell you whether or not we can help.
There are a number of things that we take into account; your age, health, prevailing weather (for example, if it is very cold we will try and priorities heating repairs), any nuisance or harassment you are suffering where this is linked to the condition of your property, and a number of other factors.
Please bear in mind, however, that our repairs budget is necessarily limited and some less urgent repairs may have to be delayed if we are overspent in the current year.
Can I make changes to my home to help me get around it?
If you are having difficulty moving around your home because of a disability or illness, please let us know as soon as possible. We can usually carry out various small adaptations, such as fitting grab rails. More extensive adaptations would have to be recommended by an occupational therapist. Please contact us for more information.
What if my home is burgled?
If your home is broken into, please report this to the police and get a crime reference number. We will then be able to change your locks and carry out any repairs to your doors or windows free-of-charge.
Please be aware that if you are burgled and you do not have contents insurance, Charlton Triangle Homes will not be able to compensate you unless the damage is due to our own negligence.
Do I need household insurance?
Things do fail in the properties from time to time, such as electrics or leaks. Although we try to maintain our properties to a high standard, we cannot be expected to know when such things will happen, and it is your responsibility to insure your possessions against such unforeseen events. We will not be able to compensate you if you have not insured your possessions – remember, it is other tenants’ rent money we are responsible for and it is not reasonable to expect them to pay if you do not have your own insurance.
What if I lock myself out or lose my door keys?
If you are unlucky enough to lose your door keys and need to change your locks, you will need to pay for a lock change unless you are elderly or vulnerable, in which case please contact us and we may be able to assist.