We know that we're going through a really difficult time, and there's lots of uncertainty at the moment. We wanted to create a list of questions and answers that might be useful for you about our different services.
We are closely following the advice from the government and any changes we make to our service are a result of government advice. We would of course recommend that you also keep checking on the latest advice which can be found on the government website and also on the NHS website.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
We have grouped the FAQs by category, click the links below to go to each category.
I’m booked in to have a new bathroom or kitchen fitted in the next few weeks. Will you still be doing this?
Any work we have already started, we will continue with. Any work booked in going forward we will be reviewing case by case and will be in touch with all our tenants booked in to have work like this carried out.
Are you still doing non-emergency repairs?
We are now only carrying out essential repairs. You can take a look at our essential repairs list here:
- No Heat or Hot water
- Uncontrollable leak to inside of property with potential to cause damage to the property
- Blocked toilet (where no other toilet in the property)
- Instances where the problem affects the security or safety of your home, such has faulty door locks meaning the you can’t secure it – doors or windows
- Broken glass
- Total loss of power
- Blocked outside drains
I’ve got a non-emergency repair but I’m self-isolating due to showing Coronavirus symptoms – will you still do my repair?
No. We will ask you to call back once your self-isolation period is over to rebook your appointment if you show no symptoms at the end of this period.
Is it safe for your repairs staff to come in my home still?
We’re closely following government advice, but at the moment we are now carrying out essential repairs only. This is following recent government advice.
We are making sure our staff have the relevant cleaning and safety supplies to be able to do their job and keep you and themselves safe.
I’ve lost my job or had my hours cut because of Coronavirus so I’m going to struggle to pay my rent. What do I do?
If you're worried about paying your rent, get in touch with us as soon as possible so we can discuss your rent payments and see what is doable for you at the moment. We can work together to get a plan in place that will work for you. Our team are on hand to offer as much support and guidance as we can at this difficult time.
I’m already behind on my rent and now I can’t work I’m going to get even more behind – what do I do?
If you're worried about paying your rent, get in touch with us as soon as possible so we can discuss your rent payments and see what is doable for you at the moment. We can work together to get a plan in place that will work for you. Our team are on hand to offer as much support and guidance as we can at this difficult time. There's also some useful info on these websites that might be helpful as well:
I pay my rent in cash by visiting your office, what do I do to pay my rent now?
There are a lot of alternatives to pay your rent rather than paying cash. Please give us a call on 01724 279900 to find out more. You can also set up a direct debit to make your payments each month.
This is also something we can help with so just get in touch with us.
Post Offices and shops are still open with social distancing measures being applied so if this is your usual way to pay your rent and you are happy to carry on following government advice we would recommend this.
I’m worried about my rent or another issue to do with my tenancy. Who do I speak to?
If you have any worries or concerns there are a number of ways you can get in touch with us. You can call us on 01724 279900 and our Customer Service team will be able to make sure you speak to the right person. You can message us on Facebook, speak to us on live chat on the website or you can download our My Home app.
Are your offices still open for me to visit?
No. We made the decision to close all our offices to the public from Monday 23 March. This is following guidance from the government. You can still get in touch with us over the phone, using the My Home app, on our website and via social media. So we’re still all here doing our jobs to support you – it’s just slightly different in the way we’re delivering it right now.
I live in one of your retirement schemes, can I still use the communal facilities like the lounge and kitchen?
Following government advice, we have taken the decision to close our communal facilities such as the scheme lounges. However, for now, and scheme with laundry facilities, these will remain open but we encourage you to follow the social distancing guidance.
Will there be any activities taking place in my retirement scheme?
Unfortunately, at the moment we have taken the decision to stop all our planned activities in our retirement schemes. This is following the government advice.
Can I contact the Employment Support team as I have lost my job due to Coronavirus?
Yes, if you have lost your job please get in touch with our recruitment agency who have lots of work available, or if you need some employment support – our team can help with that too. Call them on 01724 844848 or check our Ongo Recruitment on Facebook.
I have an appointment with someone in the Employment Support team – will it be going ahead still?
Yes, unless you have heard from us your appointment will be going ahead. It is likely however that this will now be a phone appointment.
Can I still get help with applying for benefits?
We will still be supporting you with your benefits but this will be over the telephone or via email.
What about the safety checks you carry out where I live, will these still be happening?
We will be continuing with our safety checks with revised working practices in place. This will be for fire safety, emergency lighting, legionella checks, gas safety checks and lift servicing.
What advice is there as a tenant during the Coronavirus outbreak?
The government has put together some information on their website which includes advice for landlords, local authorities and tenants. This includes stressing that essential repairs and safety checks should continue in most cases and that tenants should continue to pay their rent and speak to their landlord if they are having difficulties. Check it out here.
My home and community
What do I do if I’m having trouble with my neighbour?
Please try to speak to your neighbour in the first instance as they may not be aware of the issues you are having. If you have already tried this contact us as soon as possible so that one of the Housing Team is able to take details over the phone and/or email. The earlier we try to address this type of behaviour the more chance we have of resolving it.
I’m supposed to be moving into one of your new build homes, will this be delayed?
At the moment, all our contractors are still working on all our sites and will continue to do so until the government tell them otherwise. We are closely following government advice and will change our ways of working if they advise us to.
I live somewhere with communal and shared areas, are you doing more cleaning in them?
We have reviewed all our cleaning specifications and in all areas with communal or shared spaces we are increasing the amount we clean contactable surfaces such as handrails, lift buttons, door handles and surfaces.
I am experiencing anti-social behaviour in my neighbourhood – what can I do?
Please keep a log of incidents. Has this been reported to the police? If you have reported this to the police, please could we have details of log no and investigating officer.
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