COVID-19 – Service Update Home Repairs

We have been assessing the government’s latest guidance to see how we can resume our normal repairs service.

Since the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and lockdown began on 23 March, we have been running an emergency and safety service only. We are now at the stage where we can begin to clear our repairs backlog and accept new repair jobs.

Existing repair requests

If you have already raised a repair job with us we will contact you to book a date for your repair.  To ensure your safety and that of our staff and contractors, we will also check that you are not experiencing any coronavirus symptoms.

New repair requests

We are asking residents not to raise any new repair requests, except for emergency repairs, until 15 June 2020.  This will allow time for us to deal with the existing repairs backlog.

Completing the backlog is going to take a few weeks so we’re also anticipating that it will take longer than usual for us to be able to carry out new repairs. Please bear with us.

Emergency repairs

We are continuing to carrying out essential health and safety checks/tests and emergency and priority repairs. You can see our list of emergency repairs here.

If you have an emergency and need to contact us in the evening or at the weekend, please call our out of hour’s emergency number: 0800 054 2180. Our operative will call you before visiting your home and will ‘make safe’ the repair.

Rearranging your repair date

If you need to rearrange your new repair appointment, particularly if you have a change in circumstances relating to COVID-19, please let us know.  We will rearrange your appointment when it’s safe to do so.

Working safely in your home

Your safety and that of our staff and contractors is our priority. When we visit your home our operatives will follow the government guidelines on how to work safely in your home. They will social distance and where necessary wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Keep up-to-date

We’ll continue to update the COVID-19 area of our website, our Facebook and Twitter pages with changes to our services and with useful information.

You can also sign up here to receive our resident’s regular e-newsletter. It’s a great source of useful information and news from around your community as well as our service updates.

If you need to contact us to report a repair, please email repairs@unitedcommunities.org.uk or call 0117 942 4660.

Thank you for your continued understanding and patience.

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