Repairs & Maintenance
As a tenant of Villages Housing, you can expect a prompt and efficient service when repairs are needed in your home.
You can expect an emergency job to be completed within 24 hours, an urgent job within 5 working days, and a routine job within 20 working days.
Reporting a Repair
You can report a repair in a number of ways:
When you call us, give us the following details:
- Your name, address and telephone number
- Details of the problem
- How and when we can gain access to your home to carry out the work
Via The Villages Housing App
If you have a smartphone or tablet you can download the Villages Housing App and report a repair using it.
What sort of job would be classed as an emergency, an urgent or a routine job?
|Break-in or breach of security to property||Re-glazing||Minor plumbing repairs|
Tenant locked out of property
|No heating/hot water||Joinery works|
No electrics - total power failure
|Other electrical faults||Rainwater and guttering repairs|
Structural damage to property
|Repairs to fittings|
|Faulty fire system||Repointing|
A limited number of female operatives are available upon request for our tenants who are vulnerable (for example: a female living alone, or an elderly person, or someone with special needs).
Our contractors will endeavour to provide a feramle operative wherever possible. If this is not possible, we can arrange for a female member of Villages' staff to accompany the male operative, when they are carrying out the repair, if you request this service.
As appointments are required for such visits, please give us as much time as possible to make arrangements. We would prefer if you would make the request when reporting your repair.
The vast majority of our tenants keep their homes in good condition but there are a few who cause damage deliberately or through neglect. Where works are required to rectify this damage, we call these 'rechargeable repairs'.
We do not want the tenants who look after their homes to pick up the bill for those other tenants have not. You are responsible for repairing damage which has occurred as a result of neglect, carelessness, accidental or wilful damage by the tenant, other residents, visitors or pets.
Typical tenants' repair responsibilities include:
- Re-glazing windows and doors
- Broken or damaged doors
- Lock changes when keys are lost
- Replacing lost keys and the cost of re-entry if tenant is locked out
- Replacing plugs and chains
- Replacing clothes line or rotary dryers
- Maintaining the gardens and clearing rubbish
- Any repair to installations or improvements made by the tenant
- Internal redecoration
- Battery operated smoke alarms
- Any other damage which in the opinion of Village's has been caused deliberately or maliciously.
What if I end my tenancy and leave the property?
When you give us notice to end your tenancy (or you are transferring to another Villages property), we will inspect and assess the condition of your property. If any damage is found a recharge will be raised. We will send you a letter advising you of the costs and give you the opportunity to repair or replace any damage or pay us to do the work. If we are unable to gain access until the property is empty, we will inspect and assess any damage. Costs to repair any damage will be recharged to you. Any items belonging to you will be removed and you will be recharged for the cost. The removal of rubbish from gardens and outbuildings will also be recharged.
Your Tenants Handbook gives full details about our obligations for home repairs.
Alternatively you can download our Right To Repair leaflet.
For more information on our repairs service you can download our Repairs Service Standard.