Repairs to your home
As a leaseholder, you are responsible for most of the repairs that might occur inside your property.
Report a repair
To report a repair over the phone, please contact our Customer Care Line on 0300 123 2209
If you need to report a repair, please read the information below.
First, please check the Leaseholder Handbook to see whose responsibility it is and the response times for your type of repair.
Please remember that we have no obligation to repair anything that has been damaged or misused by you or your family or visitors, or anything that does not belong to us. If we have to carry out such a repair for health and safety reasons, please be aware that we shall have to re-charge you for the cost. We will not usually carry out routine repairs that are the leaseholder’s responsibility.
If we do carry out work inside your flat, we will usually only do work which is required under the terms of your lease and you will be charged accordingly.
If you think the repair is our responsibility, please call us on 0300 123 2209 to report the repair. We will confirm whether or not we can do the repair and, if appropriate, will arrange an appointment for a contractor to visit you within the agreed response time for that type of repair. Sometimes it may be necessary for one of our surveyors to visit you to inspect the problem first and, if so, the Customer Care Line Officer will make you an appointment.
Out of hours
If you need to report a repair outside office opening hours, including at weekends or on a public holiday, please check that the repair is a Priority 1 (emergency) repair. If you are sure it is, then please ring 0300 123 3456. This is the Out of Hours Hotline, which will arrange for a contractor to visit your home within 24 hours. The contractor will do their best to complete the work, but may have to simply make things safe or do a temporary repair until the usual contractor can come on the next working day.
If the repair is not an emergency, please wait until our office is open and report it in the normal way.
Please be aware that if you call out the emergency repairs contractor for a repair which is subsequently deemed not to be an emergency, you will be charged for the cost of the work. Also, please remember that as a leaseholder you are responsible for internal repairs to your home – such as plumbing or boiler breakdowns – and you will be re-charged if you try to use the out of hours service instead of a private contractor.
Emergency repairs are required when there are serious health and safety and/or security risks, or where immediate work is needed to prevent major damage to your home. In these cases we will raise an order for the contractor to visit as quickly as possible and complete the work or make your home safe within 24 hours. Emergency repairs can include:
- Lift breakdowns
- Complete loss of electricity – we are responsible for any faults up to the meter in your property. If the fault is your side of the meter, you must call out your own electrician.
- Damage to windows or doors frames which makes the home insecure
- Blocked communal drains where there is only one WC
Please remember you are responsible for most emergencies inside your home and you should call your own contractor, not the Old Oak Housing repairs service. If you call out the emergency repairs contractor for a repair which is subsequently deemed not to be an emergency, you will be charged for the cost of the work. You will also be re-charged if you use the out of hours service instead of a private contractor.
Major works, cyclical and preventative maintenance
- Repairing or replacing common elements of your property as they wear out, e.g. roofs, wiring and lighting in common parts
- External and common area repairs and redecoration
- Repairing and replacing windows
- Maintaining and replacing lifts
Gas servicing & emergencies
We do not carry out gas servicing for leaseholders. However, we strongly recommend you to service gas appliances (boilers, gas fires and other gas appliances) every year and you must use a Gas Safe registered gas fitter. Faulty gas appliances can kill so it is in your interest to do this.
If you are subletting your flat, you have a legal duty to service gas appliances annually. You can be sent to prison if you fail to meet your legal obligations. For more information, please visit the Health & Safety Executive website.
If you can smell gas or suspect that you may have a gas leak you must call the National Grid on 0800 111 999 immediately.
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