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Request a repair for your council home

We want to provide you with a safe and comfortable home. It’s in both your interest and ours to deal with issues quickly and efficiently.

We will maintain the structure of your home and many of the fixtures and fittings. Some things are your responsibility to fix, though – and we will not repair any alterations or extra items that you or previous tenants have fitted.

The lists below include everything we will repair. Open the list for the room where you have a problem before asking us to repair something – if what you need is not listed, it is your responsibility to fix it. Your tenancy agreement includes more information about your responsibilities.

We class most requests for repair work as either routine, urgent, or emergency. We respond within the following time limits:

  • Emergency repairs: 24 hours
  • Urgent repairs: 3 working days
  • Routine repairs: 20 working days

In some cases we might only be able to make your home safe at first, with a further visit needed to finish larger jobs.

You can request a repair online using our housing portal. In an emergency, we recommend that you phone us instead – you can do this at any time, including overnight and on the weekend.

If your home was built recently and is still within its warranty period, check your property welcome pack for information about how to report a problem or request a repair.

Request a repair

For routine repairs we will offer you a weekday appointment. It will be either between 8am and midday, or between midday and 4pm. If you tell us your mobile telephone number, we will send you a text reminder on the day before your appointment.

Repairs during the coronavirus pandemic

We have adapted our repairs service to meet the current government guidance.

  • We will visit your property to fix leaks and broken toilets, and blockages if you have tried to clear it already.
  • We will fix electrical faults but will not carry out any new installations.
  • We will fix insecure ground floor doors and windows, and assess upper floor windows if they are stuck open.
  • We will carry out surveying inspections outside only. You must support any requests for internal inspections with photos.
  • We will not carry out any mutual exchange inspections or electrical tests.

We cannot accept any requests that do not match these new criteria. We will postpone any existing appointments that match them until we are able to return to normal service.

Our responsibilities

Check these lists to see whether we or another agency can fix your problem. If you do not find something listed, it is your responsibility to fix it yourself.

Kitchens

Contact us about blocked pipes, to help us assess the severity of the problem.

Emergency work

  • Burst or leaking pipes to the sink, washing machine or dishwasher

Routine work

  • Hinge Broken
  • Unit door broken/missing
  • Shelf broken/missing
  • Drawer sticking/loose/damaged
  • Worktop Loose or damaged
  • Loose or damaged plinth
  • Damaged or loose kitchen tiles
  • Faulty extractor fan
  • Damaged or loose floor tiles
  • Seal around sink needs renewal
  • Sink top or sink damaged
  • Banging pipes

Bathrooms

Contact us about blocked or leaking pipes, a loose cistern or broken shower tray, to help us assess the severity of the problem.

Emergency work

  • No water from shower

Urgent work

  • Damaged basin on pedestal
  • Damaged basin on brackets
  • Only cold water from shower

Routine work

  • Any taps leaking, stiff or loose
  • Pop-up plug
  • Broken/loose bath panels
  • Damaged/Loose bath tiles
  • Renew seal around baths/basins/sinks/showers
  • WC overflow running
  • Loose/Broken cistern handle
  • Shower door damaged/loose
  • Shower panel damaged/loose
  • Shower hose broken
  • Shower switch broken
  • Banging pipes

Heating and hot water

If your home has gas heating, contact Mears on 0333 207 0766.

If your home has electrical heating, contact us to help us assess the severity of the problem.

Doors and windows

Contact us about unsafe windows, to help us assess the severity of the problem.

Emergency work

  • Front/back Door glass broken
  • Board up door
  • Board up window
  • Front/back Door unsafe
  • Front/back Door that cannot be used
  • Broken glass on window

Routine work

  • Front/back Door closer broken/damaged
  • Draught proofing not working
  • No draught proofing
  • No weather board/weather board damaged
  • Front/back Door frame loose
  • Front/back Door frame rotten
  • Front/back Door panel rotten
  • Front/back Door sticking
  • Condensation between double-glazing panes (‘blown windows’)
  • Window frame damaged
  • Jammed window

External and communal areas

Contact us about any of the following, to help us assess the severity of the problem.

  • Broken, loose or jammed garage door
  • Roof leak
  • Broken or fallen fences
  • Blocked drain
  • Broken or damaged communal door
  • Faulty street light
  • Fault with lift
  • Faulty communal aerial

Urgent work

  • Broken light in a communal area

Routine work

  • Shed door broken
  • Front Paving issue
  • Broken or loose roof tiles
  • Loose or broken gutter
  • Gutter overflowing
  • Blocked downpipe
  • Loose/broken downpipe
  • Broken intercom
  • Blocked refuse chute
  • Missing or broken clothesline in a communal area
  • Gate fitting in a communal area
  • Broken/jammed gate

Stairs, walls and floors

Contact us about broken or loose handrails, or loose or missing treads, to help us assess the severity of the problem.

Routine work

  • Loose or broken baluster
  • Broken or loose post
  • Skirting broken/loose
  • Cracks in wall or ceiling
  • Cornice broken
  • Loose or broken floorboards
  • Mould and damp – read what to do about condensation

Electrics

Contact us about broken or loose sockets, to help us assess the severity of the problem.

Emergency work

  • No power
  • Electrical fitting smoking

Urgent work

  • Smoke detector faulty

Routine work

  • Socket not working
  • Light fittings not working
  • Wall switch failure
  • Ceiling switch cord broken
  • Ceiling switch failure
  • Extractor fan faulty

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