HomeCome tenants handbook
Welcome to the HomeCome tenants handbook
The handbook tells you:
About your rights (the services you can expect from HomeCome Limited, your landlord, and Leicester City Council, the managing agent for repairs, maintenance and dealing with tenancy issues),
About your responsibilities (what we expect from you)
How we plan to keep you informed
- How you can get involved
Issuing this handbook is part of meeting our commitment to improve services to our customers. We want to develop and improve the services you receive from us by working closely with you. We will regularly review the handbook and update it when necessary.
Together with your tenancy agreement, the handbook forms the basis of your relationship with HomeCome and Leicester City Council. It is important that you keep this handbook in a safe place and that you take the time to read and understand the items set out in this booklet.
The handbook is not a legal document, but it is provided to help you understand the rights and responsibilities under the terms of your assured shorthold tenancy agreement with HomeCome.
Your tenancy agreement sets out the obligations of HomeCome. You are responsible for ensuring the behaviour of yourself, your family, your visitors and your pets does not cause nuisance and annoyance to others.
As the managing agent, Leicester City Council is responsible for ensuring your home is maintained and kept in good repair as defined in the provisions of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985. Sections 11-15.
IntroductionHomeCome Limited is a private housing company that works with Leicester City Council to provide good quality homes for rent at affordable levels for people on the Council’s Housing Register. The Council is a board member of HomeCome.
The landlord is HomeCome and Leicester City Council is the managing agent on behalf of HomeCome. This means that HomeCome buys its management and repairs service from Leicester City Council.
As a HomeCome tenant you will receive the same level of management and repairs that Leicester City Council’s tenants receive.
Your tenancy is an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST), not a Secure Tenancy. This means that your tenancy agreement is for a six-month fixed term period initially. After this time, it will become a periodic week-by-week tenancy.
As HomeCome own some properties and lease others, this makes a difference to your tenancy agreement. You will have been told if the property is HomeCome owned or leased before you accepted the offer of a tenancy:
- If it is HomeCome owned there is every expectation that you can stay in your home for a long time.
- If it is HomeCome leased, you may be asked to leave before the lease ends.
Your tenancy agreement is a legal agreement between you and HomeCome Ltd. (your landlord). It provides you with the right to possession of the property for a designated period, provided you keep to the terms of the agreement.
It also sets out the terms and conditions of your agreement, your rights, and the responsibilities of your landlord.
You are a private tenant of HomeCome and this will affect your rights compared to a Leicester City Council secure tenant. You will not have the right to:
- buy your property – Right to Buy only applies to Secure Tenancies
- mutually exchange or assign your home to anyone else
- improve your property and potentially benefit under the Right to Improve
- move under the Right to Move, though you can still apply for housing from Leicester City Council, other Councils and directly from Registered Providers
- there are limited rights to succession. This depends on whether your tenancy is a joint tenancy or, in the case of a sole tenancy, whether it is a fixed term or periodic tenancy. For further information please see the Department of Communities and Local Government website for ‘Model agreement for a shorthold assured tenancy and accompanying guidance’ available for private tenants.
Helping us to improve servicesWe want you to get involved in making decisions which will affect the way we manage your property and the services you receive. You can help us to identify improvements to our services or your area. This will help us set priorities, so we can use the resources we have in the most effective way. We know that everyone lives their lives differently and has different priorities. So, to make it easy for as many people as possible to get involved, there are a number of different ways for you to make yourself heard. There is a wide range of choices on how you can be involved, from informal involvement such as:
- completing surveys at home
- reading and commenting on communications we are proposing to publish
Many areas have Tenants’ and Residents’ Associations and estate inspections. You can get involved at a level to suit your individual circumstances. For further information on how you can get involved, contact your local Neighbourhood Housing office on 0116 454 1007, option two.
Why get involved?
- Housing services will be improved and offer greater value for money over time if residents are fully involved in monitoring, evaluating and influencing the services, in how they work and how they are delivered.
- We want you to be involved in helping to make local decisions. This will help to make the area a better place for you to live in. We also want to ensure that the services we provide for you also provide value for money.
Getting involved at local level
Estate InspectionsWe encourage HomeCome tenants to get involved in estate inspections. You can find out by contacting your housing officer, if any inspections have been scheduled and are taking place in your area.
Inspections involve officers from the local neighbourhood hubs and local councillors, and sometimes other partner organisations who work with us, such as the police.
InsuranceYou are responsible for insuring your personal items in your own home.
Legal Advice and Data Protection
Legal adviceHomeCome and Leicester City Council staff are not able to offer any legal advice to HomeCome tenants. You are advised to contact a solicitor to seek independent legal advice.
Data ProtectionAny personal data that you provide will be processed in accordance with current data protection laws. It will be used by Leicester City Council and our partners to deliver and improve services and fulfil our legal duties. We will not disclose any personal information to anyone else unless required or allowed to do so by law. Read more about how we use personal data in our privacy notice on our website.
Paying your rentTo assist you in paying your rent Leicester City Council offers the following facilities:
Bank standing orderContact the Income Collection Service on 0116 454 1010 to obtain a bank standing order mandate. You will need to complete and sign this form and then send it to your bank.
Bank direct debitContact the Income Collection Service on 0116 454 1010 to obtain a bank direct debit mandate. You will need to complete and sign this form and then send it to your bank.
TelephonePayment can be made using your bank debit or credit card. Call the Income Collection Service or the automated payment line on 0116 454 1010. This line is open 24 hours a day.
Pay point and at the post officeTake your invoice either to the Post Office or to a retailer where a pay point sign is displayed. The invoice will be scanned and you can pay the due amount on the invoice.
OnlineYou can pay online through the Council website.
Difficulty paying rentIf for any reason you are unable to pay your rent. It is important to speak with someone as soon as possible to avoid the situation getting worse. The Tenants’ Advice and Repairs Service on 0116 454 1007, option three will be able to put you in touch with the Income Management Team, where you will be able to get advice on how you can reduce your debt.
Important: if you fail to meet your rent payments you may be served with a notice to quit. If this happens, your tenancy could be brought to an end and a court order obtained for possession of the property.
Repairs and maintenance
Reporting repairs or maintenance requestsIf you want to make a request for a repair or maintenance to the structure of your home. You can contact us via our new Housing Online website:
- Housing Online website which allows you to view, report and make enquiries about repairs to your council home. Housing Online can be accessed 24/7 and allows you to view your rent account and access other Housing services.
Housing Online can be found by going to our housing page and clicking on the Housing Online link.
Before you can use Housing Online, you must first complete a one-off sign-up process. Go to the Housing Online page and click sign up - here you can enter your email address and choose a password. You will then receive an email with a link to verify your details. To do this you must ensure the details match exactly.
Please note: if you need to report a critical emergency repair, you can continue to contact us via the usual phone number, 0116 454 7007.
Struggling to use Housing Online?
If you are struggling to use Housing Online, please contact the Housing Online Support Team on 0116 454 0990. Please ensure you provide us with the reference number, as well as your name and address details.
Housing Online support team
Our Housing Online Support Team will be available between 8.30 am and 5.00 pm Monday to Thursday and 8.30 am to 4.30 pm on Friday, to help you if you are unable to use Housing Online. Our team will work with you to ensure that you can still report your repairs.
Who is responsible for maintaining items at your property?As part of the Council’s agreement with HomeCome, housing services have a responsibility to carry out certain repairs to HomeCome tenants’ homes. Other repairs are the responsibility of the tenant.
The following tables below show areas of responsibility.
Outside your home
|Location||Area||Are Leicester City Council responsible? (on behalf of HomeCome)|
|Communal areas||Communal areas, such as lifts and stairs||Yes|
|Roof||Chimney and chimney stacks||Yes|
|Roof||Roof structure and coverings||Yes|
|Roof||Guttering, rainwater pipes and clips||Yes|
|Roof||Fascia, soffit and barge boards||Yes|
|Walls and canopies||External walls and rendering||Yes|
|Walls and canopies||Foundations||Yes|
|Walls and canopies||Concrete canopies over doors and windows||Yes|
|Walls and canopies||Internal decoration||No|
|Walls and canopies||Filling non-structural plaster cracks and small holes||No|
|Windows||Window frames, external sills (unless already painted as part of the frame design and seal)||Yes|
|Windows||Glazing where caused by criminal damage and reported to the police||Yes|
|Doors||Outside doors, frames, other boards and threshold strips||Yes|
|Doors||Outside door locks and ironmongery||Yes|
|Doors||Door entry system||Yes|
|Doors||Maintain, repair or replace letter plate
Note: we will complete these repairs to fire doors
|Doors||Repair or replace door numbers||No|
|Doors||Repair or replace spy hole||No|
|Doors||Replacement of keys and locks that
have been lost or stolen
Note: Tenants will be re-charged for replacements if we complete the work.
We will carry out this work for disabled
tenants and OAPs.
|Doors||Repair or replace security door chain||No|
|Doors||Maintain, repair or replace doorbell||No|
|Pipes and drains||Soil and vent pipes and clips||Yes|
|Pipes and drains||Drains and gully surrounds||Yes|
|Pipes and drains||Gully grids||No|
|Pipes and drains||Drain blockage – the first time only||Yes|
|Pipes and drains||More than first drain blockage if caused by faulty pipework||Yes|
|Pipes and drains||More than first drain blockage if pipework not faulty||Yes|
|Pipes and drains||Inspection chambers||Yes|
|Gardens and boundaries||Gardens||-|
|Gardens and boundaries||Garden walls||Yes|
|Gardens and boundaries||Fencing, but only to match original standard for that part of the estate||Yes|
|Gardens and boundaries||Front, side and rear gates, including ironmongery||Yes|
|Gardens and boundaries||Paths, steps and other means of access if forming part of the property||Yes|
|Gardens and boundaries||Line posts of rotary clothes driers if fitted||No|
|Gardens and boundaries||Car hardstanding and gates||Yes|
|Garages and outbuildings||Garages and outbuildings||Yes|
|Gain entry||Gaining entry to the property by breaking in|
Inside your home
|Location||Area||Are Leicester City Council responsible? (on behalf of HomeCome)|
|Doors||Internal doors, ironmongery and threshold strips (unless affected by rotor woodworm)||No|
|Doors||Maintain, repair or replace internal door
Note: We will repair or replace items for
doors with sliding mechanisms.
|Doors||Repair and replace picture rails||No|
|Doors||Repair and replace skirting boards||No|
|Windows||Internal timber, UPVC or Tile window sills||Yes|
|Windows||Cleaning UPVc windows||No|
|Windows||Oiling UPVc window hinges||No|
|Walls||Major plaster work, plaster air vents and cornice||Yes|
|Walls||Minor repairs to plasterwork, eg. Cracks and small holes (under 6 inches or 1500mm square)||Yes|
|Walls||Wall tiles and grouting, to match existing tiles as closely as possible||Yes|
|Floors||Concrete floors (not including floor tiles)||Yes|
|Floors||Vinyl floor tiles (self- levelling compound will be used for repairs,
except in bathrooms and kitchens: where tiles are replaced every effort will be made to match existing tiles, but complete matches cannot be guaranteed)
|Floors||Loose floor coverings and fitted carpets||No|
|Floors||Repair or replace laminate flooring||No|
|Floors||Floorboards and joists||Yes|
|Ceilings||Artex ceilings (patching only)||Yes|
|Staircase||Staircase, bannisters and handrails||Yes|
|Bathroom||Bath panels. (Replacements may not match existing panels).||Yes|
|Bathroom||Wooden airing cupboard panels, frames, door and shelving||Yes|
|Bathroom||Boxing in of internal pipe work||Yes|
|Kitchen||Kitchen cupboards (cupboards through fair wear and tear will be replaced)||Yes|
|Kitchen||Cupboard drawers (through fair wear and tear will be replaced)||Yes|
|Kitchen||Cupboard door catches, handles and hinges (through fair wear and tear will be replaced)||Yes|
|Kitchen||Worktops (through fair wear and tear will be replaced)||Yes|
|Hallway||Hat and coat rails (including boards)||No|
|Hallway||Repair and replace skirting boards||No|
|Electrical Items||Electrical wiring, sockets and light fittings||Yes|
|Electrical Items||Wired in smoke alarms||Yes|
|Electrical Items||Independent battery-operated smoke alarms||Yes|
|Electrical Items||Replace electrical plugs||No|
|Electrical Items||Electrical Consumer Unit (fuse box)||Yes|
|Electrical Items||Electric storage heaters||Yes|
|Electrical Items||Electric fires||Yes|
|Electrical Items||Electric meter and supply of electricity||No|
|Electrical Items||Immersion heaters||Yes|
|Electrical Items||Disconnection and reconnection of electric||No|
|Electrical Items||Extractor fans||Yes|
|Electrical Items||Disconnection and reconnection of washing machines and dishwashers||No|
|Plumbing||Water service pipes, overflow pipes and
|Plumbing||Blocked sink, bath and hand basin||Yes|
|Plumbing||Blocked toilet – the first time only,
unless the drain is faulty
|Plumbing||Taps, stop taps and wheel valves||Yes|
|Plumbing||Wash hand basin||Yes|
|Plumbing||Toilet flushing systems||Yes|
|Plumbing||Repair or replace a toilet seat and
|Plumbing||Bath or shower tray||Yes|
|Plumbing||Repair or replace shower curtain||No|
|Plumbing||Repair or replace shower rail||No|
|Plumbing||Repair or replace shower hose||No|
|Plumbing||Maintain, repair or replace shower
|Plumbing||Maintain waste pipes, traps and wastes||No|
|Plumbing||Repair or replace plug and chain||No|
|Plumbing||Shower, if owned or leased by
|Plumbing||Seal to bath and sink unit/ tiles joint||Yes|
|Plumbing||Bleeding of radiators||Yes|
|Plumbing||Disconnection and reconnection of
washing machines and dishwashers
|Plumbing||Repair and maintenance of washing
machine and dishwashers (including
|Gas||Supply of gas and gas meter||Yes|
|Gas||Gas fires, unless they belong to the
|Gas||Radiant for gas fires||Yes|
|Gas||Radiant for gas fires owned by the tenant||Yes|
|Gas||Gas water heaters||Yes|
|Gas||Radiators, valves, time clocks and thermostats||Yes|
|Adaptations for disabled people||Home adaptations for disabled people – contact ‘Adult Social Care Services’||Yes|
|Adaptations for disabled people||Internal decoration||Yes|
|Area||Are Leicester City Council responsible? (on behalf of HomeCome)|
|Extra doors or window locks||Yes|
|Security door chains and spyholes||Yes|
Home energy efficiency
|Area||Are Leicester City Council responsible? (on behalf of HomeCome)|
|Draught proofing to windows (unless already provided as part of the frame design)||Yes|
|Draught proofing to external doors (unless already provided as part of the frame design)||Yes|
|Separate hot-water cylinder jackets||No|
|Low energy light bulbs
Note: we will change bulbs in sealed fittings for elderly and disabled tenants
Major works‘Major works’ describes work carried out by the landlord to the buildings or estates in which tenanted and leasehold properties are located. We will establish whether or not the works require statutory consultation before any work is carried out.
Please note: Minor repairs will be carried out as part of the day-to-day service.
Gas servicingLeicester City Council on behalf of HomeCome will carry out an annual check on your gas appliances. This includes those in properties connected to the Council’s District Heating System.
However, you are responsible for making sure these are kept in good repair at all other times. If your gas appliances are damaged, you must report it to the Tenants’ Advice and Repairs Service as soon as possible. If you do not do this, not only could you be putting your own life and the life of anyone who lives with you in danger, but you could be risking the lives of neighbours and other residents.
Where HomeCome tenants refuse the Council access to undertake annual gas checks we will gain entry and shut off the gas supply.
If you smell gas or fumes telephone National Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999.
Heating systemsLeicester City Council is responsible for the repair and maintenance of items in HomeCome properties.
HomeCome tenants must not carry out repairs, move or remove items connecting the system. This includes radiators, piping and tanks. Requests for repairs or general maintenance to the system should be made to the Tenants’ Advice and Repairs Service, as should faults in other types of heating systems. A 24-hour reporting service is provided for emergency repairs.
HarassmentHarassment comes in many forms such as:
- Physical abuse
- Verbal abuse
- Racial harassment
- Domestic violence
- Anti-social behaviour
If you have a problem relating to harassment from anyone you should report this to the Tenants’ Advice and Repairs Service. If the harassment is severe, you should also report it to the police on 0116 222 2222.
Domestic violenceDomestic violence can take many forms. It can be:
- Physical e.g. hitting; pushing; slapping; kicking; biting
- Psychological e.g. threatening to do, or not do something
- Emotional e.g. name calling, isolating someone from their family/ friends; criticising/weight/looks/dress
- Sexual e.g. being forced to have sex
- Financial e.g. withholding money for bills; making someone account for every penny spent; not being allowed to have a job.
Anti-social behaviourAnti-social behaviour (ASB) is behaviour which causes someone else harassment, alarm or distress. Types of anti-social behaviour can include:
- Excessive noise
- Verbal abuse
- Uncontrolled pets and animals
- Using and selling drugs
Anti-social behaviour is against tenancy conditions and includes the behaviour of HomeCome tenants, members of their family and visitors. Anyone found to behave in this way will be dealt with and may be evicted. There are many options available to help tackle anti-social behaviour.
However, if we are not told about it there is nothing we can do. Non-criminal matters can often be sorted out at an early stage by simply talking to the person or persons concerned and explaining what it is you are unhappy about. At no time should you retaliate or do anything to provoke or ‘get back’ at another person as this will make it very difficult to prove who is at fault.
There are different ways of reporting anti-social behaviour depending on what it is.
- To report excessive noise or uncontrolled pets and animals telephone the Environment and Planning section of Leicester City Council on 0116 454 7000.
- To report drug problems telephone the Police on 0116 222 2222.
- For other anti-social behaviour reports telephone the Tenants’ Advice and Repairs Service on 0116 454 1007 and select the relevant option.
- Alternatively, you can access the Leicester City Councils’ webpage for further information about ASB.
- You can also report your noise and pollution issues through the Leicester City Councils’ MyAccount portal.
- Warning letters
- Referrals to support agencies
- Acceptable Behaviour Contracts
- Anti-Social Behaviour Orders
How to report anti-social behaviourAs a HomeCome tenant please report the problem to the Tenants’ Advice and Repairs Service. They can provide advice and assistance in resolving the problem.
If the incident is a crime and/or an emergency, it should be reported immediately to the Police.
Living in your home
Alterations to your homeYou are not allowed to make any alteration or addition to your home, including external painting without written permission from your landlord. Any enquiries should be made in the first instance to the Tenants’ Advice and Repairs Service.
Bottled gas storageSome tenants may be using gas cylinders for heating and cooking in their home. There are two types of fuel available for this:
- Propane – in orange or green cylinders
- Butane – in blue cylinders
- Must be contained within a unit specifically designed for this purpose
- The cylinder container:
- must be fire resistant,
- of an adequate size,
- strong enough to support a fully loaded cylinder,
- well ventilated
Installation of cookers and washing machinesWhere you have to provide your own cooker or washing machine you are responsible for the installation of these.
GraffitiTo report graffiti, please report online.
PetsYou will need written permission from your landlord to keep a pet in your house, (please see Clause 2.7 of your tenancy agreement). Where pets are allowed these must be kept under control in the property, communal areas, streets and parks. If a pet causes a nuisance to residents, you could be in breach of your tenancy conditions.
Please contact the Tenants’ Advice and Repairs Service for further information on keeping pets.
Wheelie bins and collection of household rubbishIf you have any enquiries relating to:
- Wheelie bin replacement
- Wheelie bin collection
- Emptying of communal bins
- Bulk collections (for example old fridges and furniture)
- Removal of household waste
You can also go online to report Waste Management enquiries by using Leicester City Councils’ My Account.
Ending your tenancyYou may end your tenancy at any time by giving at least four weeks’ notice to your landlord, HomeCome Ltd. The tenancy must end on a Monday.
You must provide your landlord with a forwarding address.
You must remove all rubbish and personal items when you leave the property. If you do not remove all personal items and they have not been removed within 14 days of your landlord giving you written notice to do so, and if it is still considered to be abandoned, it will be disposed of.
General safety guidance
Tenant safetyLeicester City Council, on behalf of HomeCome, is aware of health and safety issues surrounding the properties we manage and have a dedicated team responsible for maintaining or improving safety levels.
Here are some suggestions that you may find useful within your own home and which may help us to provide safe housing to our residents.
AsbestosAsbestos can be potentially hazardous to health but only when it is in poor condition and is releasing fibres into the air. The use of asbestos as a building material was banned in 1974 but as most HomeCome properties were built before this date it is likely many homes do contain asbestos in some of their construction materials. If you are concerned there may be disturbed asbestos in your property report this to the Tenants’ Advice and Repairs Service.
CondensationCondensation is the water produced when warm, moist air or steam comes into contact with a cold surface like windows, walls or floors. It can cause mould to grow, which may damage items like clothes and bedding as well as spoil decorations.
Why do we get condensation?
Every home has condensation at some time – usually when lots of moisture and steam are being produced: e.g. at bath times, when cooking a main meal or when clothes are being washed or dried. The air can only hold a certain amount of water vapour. Warm air can hold more water vapour. Coming into contact with a cold surface causes the air to be cooled and the water vapour to be turned into water droplets – condensation.
In particular, you should be aware of the following:
- Drying clothes indoors, particularly on radiators, can increase condensation unless you open a window to allow the air to circulate. (Please remember never to dry your clothes on / close to storage heaters because of the fire risk)
- Kettles and Pans – allowing kettles and pans to boil away, longer than is necessary, can cause excess condensation and should be avoided
- Cupboards and wardrobes should not be overfilled with items
- Doors – keeping kitchen and bathroom doors shut, particularly when cooking, washing or bathing, will prevent water vapour spreading right through the home and condensation reaching other rooms
- Bathrooms – if your home has a windowless bathroom make sure the mechanical extractor fan is left running until the moisture has evaporated
- Air Bricks – do not seal air bricks or ventilators
- Extractor Fans – if you have an extractor fan, use it when the windows get steamed up.
What can you do about condensation?
- Heating – you will get less condensation if you keep your home warm most of the time
- Ventilation – you will get less condensation if you keep your home well ventilated
- Opening windows may help reduce the problem
Energy efficiency and recycling at homeIn addition to refuse collection, Leicester City Council also provides a kerbside recycling service to ensure re-usable materials are diverted from landfill and to help the city reach its recycling targets.
Detergent, shampoo, milk and fizzy drinks bottles. Please remove lids, rinse and squash.
These bins are shared by residents and it is important that residents only put the items asked for in the bins. Cardboard and plastic packaging is not accepted in these bins.
Please call the Waste Management Line on 0116 454 1002 should you need to learn more about the types of rubbish you can recycle.
Fire safety in your homeIf there is a fire in your home, your safety may depend on how quickly you can get out of your front or back door. You must always keep the hallway clear of obstructions, especially things which burn easily.
If a fire breaks out in your home:
- Do not try to put out the fire unless you are sure you can do so safely
- Immediately leave the room where the fire is and close the door behind you
- Tell everyone in the property there is a fire and tell them to leave the property with you
- Close the front door and give the alarm. Do not use the lift if there is one - use the stairs
- Where you have a private balcony, do not go onto it unless it is a designated fire escape route.
- Call the fire brigade
If a fire occurs, however small, telephone the fire brigade by using the following procedure:
- Dial 999
- Give the operator your telephone number and ask for the fire brigade
- When the Fire Brigade answers, say clearly
- “Fire at (give name and address)
- Wait for the Fire Brigade to repeat the address before replacing the receiver
- Stay in your home where you will be safe unless:
- smoke from the fire has come into your home
- the Fire Brigade or Council staff tell you to leave.
FloodingIf your home is flooded:
- Have your gas and electricity checked before using
- Boil all tap water until it has been declared safe
- Avoid contact with floodwater, it may be contaminated
- Contact the insurers of your home contents and inform your landlord.
Frozen pipesTo prevent frozen pipes in cold weather, make sure:
- Your home is properly insulated
- Heating is on (low) even if you are out or away from home during very cold spells
- All pipes are lagged (kept warm with insulating material)
If any of your pipes do freeze, turn off the water supply at the stopcock and drain down the system by turning on all the taps until there is no more water coming through.
The supply can be turned on once the pipes have thawed. If despite these precautions a pipe does burst:
- Turn off the water supply at the stop cock
- You may also need to turn off the electricity supply at the mains as there may be a danger of
- water seeping into the electrical circuits
- Turn off hot water boilers
Report the burst to the Tenants’ Advice and Repairs Service immediately.
PigeonsPigeons can transmit diseases such as meningitis. They are a health hazard. They also create nuisance by fouling in public areas including pavements and buildings. Bird droppings are slippery and can cause accidents. A build-up of droppings can cause damage to buildings. Cleaning and repairing this damage costs extra money from Leicester City Councils’ repairs budget. Please do not feed or in any way encourage pigeons.
RubbishTake care with rubbish, especially glass and tins. Broken glass should always be wrapped in newspaper or cloth before disposal. If your property has a refuse chute, please use it. Medicine bottles or containers and used hypodermic syringes can be disposed of by returning to your pharmacist.
Safety in the homeSlips, trips and falls can result in serious injury. Watch out for the following:
- Uneven floor surface
- Over polished floors
- Loose rugs or carpets
- Steps or stairs which are dimly lit
- Steps or stairs which are hidden or obscured in any way
- Baths which do not have non-slip sections or no-slip mats
- Stairs which have no handrail
- Spillage of water
- Leaks from radiators
- Trailing cables
WaterMake sure you know where the stop cock is for turning off the main water supply. If your water supply is cut off for any reason, turn all the taps off and keep sinks and baths unplugged This will prevent any flooding when the water supply is restored. Please remember to always turn your water supply off before going on holiday.
Comments, compliments and complaintsWhy we want to hear from you HomeCome and Leicester City Council are jointly committed to providing a high standard of service to all their customers.
Comments and complimentsSo that our commitment to high standards can be maintained, we would like to know when we get it right. We welcome suggestions you may have on how we can improve the housing service you receive as a leaseholder.
ComplaintsAs part of our continuing effort to improve the service we provide, we also need to know when you are dissatisfied with the service you have received.
- In person at one of the customer service centres or at any Council office
- Via the internet on our website.
- By phoning customer services on 0116 454 1000
- In writing (using the comments, compliments and complaints form if it helps) to:
Leicester City Council FREEPOST (LE985/33)
115 Charles Street
Leicester City Council’s complaints procedure – How it worksHousing-related complaints that fall within the remit of the Housing Ombudsman. Following new guidance from the Housing Ombudsman, from April 2021 housing complaints will be resolved using the two-stage process outlined below.
Your complaint will be allocated to a Leicester City Council Complaints officer who sits independent to the service area’s. They will work with the service area to try to resolve is locally at the earliest opportunity.
We should reply to your complaint within 10 working days. If we need more time to complete the investigation. We will let you know when we will be able to fully respond.
We will write to you with the findings of our investigation. If you are still unhappy you can escalate the complaint to stage 2 by notifying us within 28 days.
Another complaints officer will investigate and liaise directly with head of the service concerned. You should receive a response within 20 working days. If for any reason this is not possible, we will notify you ahead of the deadline.
If you remain dissatisfied with the stage 2 response, you may refer a complaint to the Housing Ombudsman with the support of a designated person i.e. a Councillor MP or recognised tenant panel within 8 weeks of a complaint response. After 8 weeks you can contact the Housing Ombudsman with or without the support of a designated person.
Housing Ombudsman Service,
PO Box 152,
Telephone: 0300 111 3000
Non-housing related complaints that fall within the remit of the Local Government and Social Care OmbudsmanYour complaint will be allocated to a Leicester City Council Complaints officer who sits independent to the service areas. They will investigate with the service concerned. We may contact you for further details.
Depending upon the complexity of the complaint, we will tell you when to expect a response from our complaints team.
If we need to extend the response deadline, we will keep you informed.
We will write to you with the findings of our investigation. If you are still not happy you can raise the issue with the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman.
Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman,
PO Box 4771, Coventry, CV4 0EH
Telephone: 0300 061 0614