We have a regular programme of maintenance work that we carry out to make sure your home is well maintained and a place you enjoy living in. Work we regularly carry out includes:
During the life of your home there will be times that the parts of your home such as kitchens, bathrooms, central heating systems, roof coverings and windows will need to be replaced.
We aim to plan this as far in advance as possible, give you 14 days notice and cause the minimum amount of disruption to you.
Our contract for cyclical redecoration of external surfaces and internal communal areas to blocks of flats since 2009 has been awarded to Ian Williams. View a copy of the overall programme:
External Redecoration Programme (28 KiB)
External Redecoration Programme (28 KiB)
The contract for this work has been awarded to UK Drainage Network, they are responsible for clearing most blockages to rainwater and foul drains.
We have a contract with HJS who are responsible for repairs to door entry systems. These are provided mainly to blocks of flats and sheltered accommodation.
Repairs and maintenance for lifts and stair lifts is provided by Triangle Lifts.
A & E Fire Equipment Limited carry out monthly, quarterly, half yearly and annual tests on the fire detection systems in our sheltered housing schemes.
Portable Appliance Testing (P.A.T.) to all equipment in communal areas (for example fridges, kettles and televisions) at sheltered accommodation blocks is also carried out to ensure that all equipment is safe to use. We have a programme to carryout safety checks on all electrical systems at least every 10 years.
Planned Maintenance FAQs
You will receive a letter at least 7 days before we are we due to start work. If the proposed date for the start of the work is inconvenient, please let us, or the contractor know immediately.
During works carried out in your home the contractor will:
- Respect your home by providing a carpet protection plastic film, protection on worktops and to your belongings, in the areas they are working.
- Reconnect your essential facilities at night.
- Carry identification that contains the CBH logo, the contractor’s details, a photo of the representative and the CBH telephone number for enquiries. This is to protect you from bogus callers.
- Contact you regularly during the works.
- Comply with the agreed dress code and be adequately dressed.
During the work the contractor should NOT:
- Smoke in your home.
- Use your toilet (unless otherwise agreed).
- Have lunch or tea breaks in your home.
- Wedge communal doors wide open.
- Leave communal areas dirty or untidy after working hours.
- Play loud music in your home, or in communal areas.
- Leave you without a toilet, bath or kitchen sink for more than 8 hours.
During the work you must:
- Ensure access to your home is available at all times. If you deny access to the contractors you may find that you will have to wait until trades are available at a later date.
- Clear items for access to work areas, remove floor coverings.
- We ask that you respect the operative’s health and don not smoke in any rooms where the work is being carried out.
After the work has been completed:
- For certain works such as kitchen and bathroom replacements the contractor will provide you with a handover pack which provides advice on how to care for, and use your new improvements.
- Your home may be inspected by a surveyor from CBH. Where possible you should be available at this inspection. It is your opportunity to discuss any final issues before the contractor finally leaves your home.
- You should complete your satisfaction form. The forms helps us to monitor the standard and quality of service we provide and make improvements where necessary.
- For major works carried out at your home there is a 12 month warranty period. If you encounter any defects during this time, please contact the Technical Investment Team on 0800 408 0000.
If you are not happy with the service you receive from the contractor, contact our Technical Investment Team:
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We do all we can to keep mess, noise and general inconvenience to a minimum, but some disturbance and dust cannot be avoided.
As soon as you have received formal notice of the start date you can start to prepare. Put away anything fragile that is not in use and remove all articles from the walls, such as clocks, plaques, pictures, mirrors, and etc. whilst work is in progress. You may also need to do this when we are working next door, in case of vibration through the wall.
Electrical equipment and ornaments will also need to be well protected to avoid the small dust particles causing any damage.
We always supply dustsheets when work is being carried out in your home, if the contractor does not put dustsheets down please contact your Tenant Liaison Officer or the CBH surveyor responsbile for the contract. The will make a note of your comments and help wih the problem.
If you think something is wrong
If you are concerned about anything and think the work is not being carried out as it should be, please contact your Tenant Liaison Officer, and report any incident promptly. Your Tenant Liaison Officer will make a note of your comments and help with the problem.
If any of your possessions get damaged – keep them – do not throw them away or leave them outside, either show your Tenant Liaison Officer or the CBH surveyor immediately everything you are complaining about. Always confirm in writing within 7 days.
You will be responsible for the taking up and re-fixing of your own floor coverings where this is necessary to carry out works, i.e. the carpets, linoleum and laminates etc. We will confirm 7 days prior to starting, which areas require the floor covering to be removed.
Whilst work is in progress, please put all valuables in a safe place, as things are likely to be moved to enable work to be carried out. If anything goes missing, firstly check carefully that you have not mislaid it. If you still cannot find it, please discuss the matter with your Tenant Liaison Officer or CBH surveyor. If items have definitely been stolen, the Police should be informed, as theft is a criminal matter.
At the end of each working day, our workmen will check everything is okay, however, we would be grateful if you could also check the following before the workmen leave your home:
- You have hot and cold water supply
- Your gas supply is on
- Your electricity supply is on
- Fridges and Freezers are plugged in
- Your television is working
- Cookers are reconnected and working
- Windows and Doors are shut and locked
- Heating is provided
If any of these have not been reconnected and/or working, please tell our workmen or contact your Tenant Liaison Officer or CBH surveyor.
Health and Safety Concerns
If you have any concerns about Health and Safety, contact your Tenant Liaison Officer or CBH surveyor immediately.
- Please keep children (including babies in prams), and pets well away from work areas, tools and machinery.
- Also, please keep them away from scaffolding, particularly outside working hours.
- Do not park cars beneath overhead works.
- If workmen are working upstairs, please do not leave children sleeping or playing in the upstairs rooms.
- Watch out for things you could trip over, such as extension leads or lifted floorboards.
- Our workmen will make sure that materials are cleared away at the end of each working day.
- For certain work materials will need to be left at your home. If materials are left behind please make sure your children do not touch them, as they could be dangerous.
- Always keep your eyes open for the unexpected
Please make sure there is a clear exit available for you, your family and our workmen in the event of a fire. If there is a fire please follow the instructions given to you by our workmen, and your Tenant Liaison Officer. Do not try to put out the fire by yourself. Never remove or tamper with any fire extinguishers left in your home.
Pets can be upset by building operations. They can also be injured or cause accidents. Please keep them out of harm’s way whilst work is in progress and ensure that they cannot be let out accidentally.