During council home upgrades
To make sure your home improvements go smoothly for everyone:
The contractor will tell you when they need to access your home to do the work. Please help us by:
- keeping any appointment they make with you
- giving access to them to do the work
- making sure that you and all members of your household, including children and any visitors, follow any instructions and advise that the contractor gives you about COVID-19 or about any warning notices they put up in your home
- keeping all children and pets away from work areas, tools, machinery, site containers and work materials
- not smoking in work areas
- providing tenant feedback if we ask you to take part in a telephone survey
All our staff and contractors carry identity cards. Please check the identity of anyone entering your home. If you have any doubts about the identity of a person trying to enter your home, do not let them in and contact us for advice.
If there is a gas supply in your home, the contractor may need to turn this off so there is no risk to you or them during the works. This safely measure can apply during any upgrade. You can be provided with temporary heaters for the time the gas is off.
If you are having internal upgrades, the contractor may also be replacing or fitting new smoke, heat and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors which may require access to your hallways, lounge, kitchen and bedrooms.
We can offer you assistance and support before, during and on completion of the improvement works:
- The contractor will employ a Tenant Liaison Officer (TLO) to assist with the upgrade process
- Our assistance package will offer extra support to tenants in greatest need, helping you to clear cupboards, pack, unpack and a ‘Handy Person’ service to help get your home straight again, COVID-19 restrictions may mean that an Assistance Package cannot be offered if the contractor’s risk assessment does not permit this or if the cost of offering a Package becomes too high - each Assistance Package will be assessed individually, and a final decision taken once all the details of the particular case are known
- If you are not approved for the Assistance Package and you are having upgrade works carried out or your home is being rewired, the contractor can still offer you free packing boxes to help you pack up before the work starts
- For all upgrade works to the inside of your home, the contractor may offer you short-term day time ‘hospitality facilities’ close to your home but only if it is possible for them to do so in line with COVID-19 guidance and restrictions
- A Housing Occupational Therapist (OT) can advise if you need any adaptations as part of the upgrade
- We can organise alternative accommodation if your special circumstances mean that you have to move out of your home temporarily
If you want to speak to us to find out more about how this assistance and support could help you, please contact us and ask for the Stock Condition Surveyor for your area.
All upgrades undertaken in your home will involve a level of disruption and disturbance and our contractors will always try to get things right but, there may be times when matters go wrong and you may have to make a claim against them. If this happens you must make any claim directly against the contractor concerned, by contacting their Tenant Liaison Officer, as the council is not responsible for the actions or activities of any contractor even if they are acting on our behalf. If you make any claim to us, we will refer this to the contractor concerned. In the event that no agreement is reached between yourself and the contractor, we may, after we have asked the contractor to explain the reasons why, advise you to pursue the claim through your own insurance or alternatively, seek independent legal advice as to what courses of action are then open to you.
It is important that you have the chance to provide feedback in relation to the work that we carry out to your home.
We may contact you by telephone on completion of the work to seek your views. An independent research company, IBP, undertakes these telephone surveys. Your feedback will provide us with valuable information and enable us to continually improve the service we offer you.
You can also send feedback directly to our Feedback Team by email at email@example.com or by post to: