Our current service

From June we started to resume our 'new normal' services with new safety measures in place to keep our people and our customers safe at all times.

When the country went into lockdown back in March, some parts of our service needed to be limited due to the guidelines – just like many others.

Since this happened, we have been working to develop a plan to bring our full service back to our customers as quickly, and more importantly, as safely as possible. 

And, now the government have announced their plan to ease the lockdown guidelines, we are now ready to prepare to return to full service.

Starting 1 June we will begin to slowly return to a full service. As we gradually build up to a full service, customers who saw appointments cancelled due to lockdown will be contacted towards the end of June and their repairs will be prioritised in July. Working with our suppliers and contractors, our plans will need to be flexible to make sure that we can comply with the current government guidance to maintain safety. It will still take some time to get back up to full speed so please bear with us.

What you can expect from us

As part of our commitment to providing a safe service for you and our people, we have introduced a new safe system of working and new protocols.

  • Face-to-face meetings will still be limited with as many queries as possible being dealt with virtually
  • We will be following all hygiene and handwashing guidance (including any tools being used for a particular job)
  • Our engineers will clean all surfaces worked on before they leave your home
  • We will be following social distancing measures to maintain a two-metre distance where possible and you will be asked to be in another room while the work is carried out
  • Our people will be wearing appropriate personal protection equipment (PPE) for each job. This includes:
    • Face masks where appropriate
    • Gloves
    • General safety PPE
  • New measures in place to allow for safe viewings of properties for rent, shared ownership or sale.

What we expect from you

For this to work, we need you to help us do this. We’ve set out some guidelines for customers who have appointments during this time to follow to allow us to keep everyone safe whilst we carry out the job.

  • Keep us informed - you must let us know if you or a household member develops symptoms of Covid-19. We will simply rearrange your appointment until after the period of isolation
  • Keep a two-metre distance at all times
  • You and others within your household must be in a room that is not the engineer’s work area. If you need to speak with an engineer whilst they are working, stick to the two-metre distance
  • Thoroughly clean any areas and surfaces that our people will be working on before they arrive
  • Keep all walk ways to the working area clear and keep windows and doors open where possible
  • Consider your request. Can it be answered over the phone or by video chat?
  • Maximum of two people from your household to attend any property viewings

Covid secure

Our Covid secure certificate

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Our repairs service

As we begin the road to normality, we must make sure we do so in a safe a manner as possible. For this reason, we are rolling out our service in several stages to deliver this in a safe, fair and efficient way.

During lockdown we were working to support customers with emergency and essential repairs only. This was in line with the government guidance to only work if there was a safety issue in your home.

Now these guidelines are being eased, we can start slowly opening up our services, beginning with supporting those customers who saw repairs cancelled when lockdown began.

We expect it is going to take some time as we adapt to the new normal as we also wait for suppliers and materials to become readily available. We kindly ask that you bear with us as we slowly get back to a full service.

As we build up to a full service, our planned improvements work will continue to be postponed for the foreseeable future as we focus on supporting our repairs team.

Below is a timeline of when we aim to have our services back up and running.

All of these dates are subject to any changes that may come about from the current situation as well as the ability to get materials for specific jobs from our suppliers. However, we will do our utmost to get things back to normal as quickly and as safely as possible.

Current service

24/7 emergency repairs

From 1 June, our 24/7 emergency repairs service will continue as normal. However, if we attend your home and, after making the repair safe, we need to return to complete the job, you no longer need to call us to book this work in. Your repair will be automatically picked up to complete once we return to working on routine repairs.

If you're unsure whether your repair is an emergency, click here see our repairs guidance here

Servicing work

Despite the lockdown, it has been our legal duty to continue to complete your annual gas service to make sure you are safe in your home. This service will continue to run as normal.

If your home is powered by any other fuel source, for example, oil, from 1 June we will begin to get in touch with you to arrange your service on a risk assessed basis.

Urgent repairs

Another change from 1 June will be that we will start to take appointments for urgent repairs that don’t hold an immediate safety issue. Things such as a partial loss of water supply, minor electrical faults and blocked sinks will begin to be seen to within the seven-day window.

If you're unsure whether your repair is deemed as urgent, click here see our repairs guidance here

Empty properties

The final change from 1 June is that our work on empty properties will begin to get back to full service. However, please bear with us as these works will take a little longer than our normal timeframe due to the strict safety protocols we’ve introduced.

Existing routine external work

By 22 June, you will begin to see us out and about even more as we, and our partner contractors, restart all existing external repairs. These will include things such as repairs to roofs, chimneys and outdoor brickwork.

Existing routine repair appointments

We are getting in touch with anyone who had an internal routine repair appointment cancelled due to lockdown. This will be rebooked with appointments beginning to take place by mid- July.

This also includes anyone who received an emergency repair fix during lockdown who needs a follow-up appointment.

The reason for this date is for us to be able to get our engineers back trained in our new protocols and ways of working as well as allowing some time for our materials supply chain to be back up to speed.

New routine repair appointments

Once any existing repairs have been booked in, we will then start taking all new routine repair bookings from 21 July.

If you're unsure whether your repair is deemed as routine, click here see our repairs guidance here

Planned improvement works

At this time, all planned improvement works, including kitchens and bathrooms, are still on hold whilst our repairs take priority. If you were due works to happen, we will be in touch with you by the end of August. If this changes, we will let you know as soon as we know.

Stock condition survey

At the moment, we won’t be carrying out any internal checks due to the current situation. There will be further letters and arrangements made for the other checks to happen when it is safe to do so.

Moving home

Allocations and lettings

With the new government guidance, we are now in a position to be able to begin offering support those who want to move home.

Working with our new protocols, we have plans in place to support people to move home keeping social distancing measures in place.

We’ll be in touch if we’ve already offered you a home or you’re waiting confirmation about a move.

Buying a home

Our sales team are also preparing to support people to start to move homes again following government guidance.

If you're looking to buy a home outright or by shared ownership, we are putting plans in place to restart viewings of our new homes.

We are open for business but as our team gets back up to full speed, we may take a little longer to respond to enquries so please bear with us at this time.

All viewings will be by appointment only to follow social distancing guidelines and allow for regular cleaning to take place.

 

Mutual exchange

If you are looking to complete a mutual exchange, we are continuing to go ahead with these as normal.

However, 'new normal' protocols will be in place throughout the process.

As with everything else, please bear with the team at this time as responses to enquiries may take a little longer than usual.