Repairs handbook

Register for MyCKH and report non-emergency repairs online. We willl ask you to share a photo of the issue to help us get it right first time. 

Call 01733 385030 24 hours a day, seven days a week to report an emergency repair or change an existing appointment.

Before you contact us, it's a good idea to check what you are responsible for maintaining in your home. You will not be able to report repairs which are your responsibility according to your tenancy agreement.

Our repairs handbook FAQs should help you understand what you are responsible for, what to expect from us, and how to look after your home. 

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  1. Appointments - what's expected of me?
  2. Appointments - when can I book a repairs appointment?
  3. Before reporting a repair - how can I check what my responsibilities are?
  4. Chargeable repairs: can I pay you to complete repairs which are my responsibility?
  5. Chargeable repairs: will I be charged for using the repairs service?
  6. Damp and mould: can I report issues linked to condensation and mould?
  7. Damp and mould: how can I avoid problems with condensation?
  8. Door entry systems - how do I report an issue with the door to my block?
  9. Drains - who is responsible for issues with drains, including leaks?
  10. Electricity - what should I do if my lights are not working but my sockets are?
  11. Electricity - what should I do if my sockets are not working but my lights are?
  12. Electricity - what should if my lights and sockets are all not working?
  13. Fencing - am I responsible for maintaining fences?
  14. Gas central heating - I think there's an issue, what should I check before I report a repair?
  15. Immersions - how do I use my immersion for hot water?
  16. Insurance - what do I need to insure?
  17. Keys and fobs - does CKH keep a spare?
  18. Pest control - what pests do CKH treat?
  19. Right to repair - where can I find information on the right to repair scheme?
  20. Rubbish and fly-tipping - who is responsible for waste collection?
  21. Rubbish chutes - how should I use the rubbish chute in my building?
  22. Rubbish: how can I book a bulky waste collection?
  23. Safety inspections: how often should I expect gas and electrical safety testing?
  24. Sinks, toilets and drains - will CKH deal with blockages?
  25. Smoke alarms - how often should I test my smoke alarm?
  1. Appointments - what's expected of me?

    To provide a repairs service, we need your help.
    We need you to:

    • Allow Cross Keys Homes’ employees and contractors access to your home
    • Tell us who will be present for the appointment, they must be over the age of 17 otherwise we will not be able to carry out the repair
    • If you request an emergency repair, stay in until we attend
    • Keep appointments made or provide us with at least 24-hours notice if you cannot keep an appointment. You may be charged, or we may change the priority of the repair if you are not at home when a contractor calls
    • Keep the area smoke-free while the contractors carry out the work
    • Report repairs promptly and provide up-to-date contact details
    • Carry out all checks as requested by us - this includes checks for loss of electricity and/or heating/ hot water.
    • Follow all current government advice about Covid-19, including social distancing and wearing face masks as appropriate. 
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  2. Appointments - when can I book a repairs appointment?

    When you get in touch to report a problem, you can choose from five different repair appointment slots:

    • Morning - 8am to 1pm
    • Afternoon - 1pm to 6.30pm
    • The school run - 9.30am to 2.30pm
    • Saturday - 8am to 1pm
    • No preference 

    Please be aware that this appointment system is only for non-emergencies. You will need to stay at home until we can attend to any emergency repair.

    Whenever possible work will be completed on the first visit, however, this is not always possible so a follow on appointment may be necessary. If follow on work is needed our contractor will arrange this with you directly. 

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  3. Before reporting a repair - how can I check what my responsibilities are?

    Before you get in touch, it's a good idea to make sure you know what you are responsible for maintaining in your own home. 

    You are responsible for:

    • Blocked sink/bath/basin wastes (blocked by waste food/hair etc.)
    • Blocked toilets (blocked by nappies, sanitary towels, excessive toilet paper, baby wipes or anything else that has been put in or fallen into the toilet by accident)
    • Re-lighting pilot lights and re-setting the boiler (including resetting your timer after a power cut)
    • Repairs that are needed after alterations, improvements or other work you have carried out or organised
    • Replacing bath panels
    • Replacing clothes lines and rotary dryers (except in shared blocks and sheltered schemes)
    • Replacing floor coverings (this includes carpets but doesn't include permanent coverings such as quarry tiles)
    • Replacing plugs (and/or chains) for sinks, baths and washbasins
    • Replacing shower heads and hoses
    • Replacing toilet seats
    • Lost keys (including changing locks, replacing keys, providing new fobs and any additional keys or locks
    • Alteration to meter cupboards including gas, water and electric services following any changes to meters
    • Minor repairs e.g. tightening loose screws or cupboard door hinges
    • Internal decoration
    • Internal doors including repairing or replacing door handles, locks, latches
    • All broken glass (including double-glazing)
    • Fixtures or fittings provided with your home. Examples include: doorbells, built-in wardrobes, coathooks/rails, bathroom cabinets, toilet roll holders, mirrors and shower curtains and poles
    • Garden maintenance
    • Fencing, where appropriate 
    • Garden sheds (wooden/metal)
    • Driveways and patios
    • TV aerials (unless a communal aerial in a sheltered housing scheme or block).

    If you are physically unable to carry out these repairs yourself, please contact us for advice.

     

    CKH is responsible for:

    • Basins, sinks, baths, toilets, flushing systems and waste pipes (excluding blockages or damaged caused by you, your family or visitors)
    • Communal and shared areas such as halls, stairways and passageways
    • Defective plasterwork e.g. debonding from the structure of the wall (not minor decorative cracks)
    • Drains and outside pipes
    • Gutter maintenance (excluding cleaning)
    • Electric wiring, gas and water pipes (excluding meters)
    • Heat recovery systems
    • Heating systems including the supply of hot water
    • Inside walls, skirting boards, thresholds, floors and ceilings (not painting and decorating)
    • Internal fire doors
    • Lifts
    • Outside doors (including door handles, locks and hinges), window sills, window catches, window frames (including external redecoration)
    • Pathways, steps and other means of access to external doors (not including driveways or patios)
    • Fencing at Retirement Housing Schemes and in communal outdoor spaces, as appropriate 
    • Rain water harvesting
    • Roof
    • Sockets and light fittings
    • Sweeping the chimney (where in use)
    • Shared areas such as halls, stairways and passageways
    • The structure of your home, including garages and brick outbuildings. 
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  4. Chargeable repairs: can I pay you to complete repairs which are my responsibility?

    We may be able to carry out any repairs that are your responsibility. You will be
    charged for the cost of the repair, plus our costs for organising the work.

    Payments will need to be made in advance of the work being carried out.

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  5. Chargeable repairs: will I be charged for using the repairs service?

    If you look after your home and report repairs to us in good time, usually you will not be charged for any works to your home. 

    If you fail to carry out repairs or checks which are your responsibility, or you carry out repairs which do not meet our standards, action can be taken against you to enforce the terms of your tenancy agreement. If we have to carry out work which is your responsibility you will be charged for the cost of the repair or clearance plus the cost of organising this work.


    You are responsible for carrying out repairs if:
    • You or a member of your household or a visitor to your home caused the damage or did not take preventative action to avoid damage being caused
    • You left items within your home, garden, garage or shed when your tenancy ended which needed to be removed
    • Repairs were required to your home when your tenancy ended

    • Criminal damage has been caused (however if this is a result of vandalism, hate crime or harassment, please tell us the crime reference number so we can consider whether to charge)
    • Emergency services gained access to your home and repair/replacement of windows/doors is required. Please tell us if this is the result of a welfare check.

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  6. Damp and mould: can I report issues linked to condensation and mould?

    Yes - if you’re struggling with mould in your home, please talk to us straight away as we are here to help you. Calling us as soon as possible can make the issue easier to fix. Call our Repairs Centre on 01733 385030.

    We will visit your home to assess the problem. After we’ve cleaned the problem area, we’ll talk about how you can help stop condensation and mould and how we can help if you need any extra support.

    Let us know as soon as possible if there are any repairs in your home that could be allowing condensation to form. For example, faulty extractor fans or issues with trickle vents on your windows.

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  7. Damp and mould: how can I avoid problems with condensation?

    Condensation will occur naturally as you live in your home. Good ventilation and heating will usually stop condensation becoming a problem. Excessive condensation in your home can lead to mould. Take a look at our advice on controlling condensation.

    Let us know as soon as possible if there are any repairs in your home that could be allowing condensation to form. For example, faulty extractor fans or issues with trickle vents on your windows.

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  8. Door entry systems - how do I report an issue with the door to my block?

    If you live in a block of flats and the communal door entry system is not working please report a repair. If the issue is affecting your ability to enter and exit the building, call us on 01733 385030 to report an emergency repair. 

    You should make sure that the doors are locked behind you and they are not wedged open at any time.

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  9. Drains - who is responsible for issues with drains, including leaks?

    We are only responsible for drains that serve individual properties. When the drain joins another drain and serves multiple properties it becomes the responsibility of your local water authority. They are also responsible for all main drains in the roads and footpaths.

    Find your water supplier on the Water UK website - you just need your postcode. 

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  10. Electricity - what should I do if my lights are not working but my sockets are?

    If your lights are not working but your sockets are okay, then:

    • Check lighting fuse or circuit breaker in the consumer unit (fuse box)

    • Replace any blown fuses and/or reset the circuit breaker

    • If the fuse blows or circuit breaker trips again call the Repairs Centre via live chat or call 01733 385030. Please note, circuit breakers are sensitive devices and a bulb blowing can result in the circuit breaker for that circuit tripping. When replacing fuses, always switch off the main switch first and switch it on when the fuse has been refitted.

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  11. Electricity - what should I do if my sockets are not working but my lights are?

    If your sockets are not working but your lights are:

    • Check the main fuse or circuit breaker in the consumer unit/fuse box (these are normally found in your hallway)

    • Replace blown fuse or reset circuit breaker

    • If problem persists unplug all appliances (kettle, toaster, fridge freezer, television etc.)

    • Repair the fuse or reset the circuit breaker again

    • Plug in and switch on appliances individually until electrical failure occurs again. This will identify the faulty appliance

    • Unplug the faulty appliance again and reset the circuit breaker

    • Do not use the faulty appliance.

    If there is still an issue, contacts our Repairs Centre via live chat or call 01733 385030.

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  12. Electricity - what should if my lights and sockets are all not working?

    If your lights and sockets are not working: 

    • Check there are funds in meter (if applicable)
    • Check with your neighbours to see if theirs are working. If neighbours have no electrical power either then the problem is likely to be a power failure and you should contact the company who supplies your electricity or contact UK Power Networks on: 0800 783 8838

    If there's still a problem, call our Repairs Centre on 01733 385030.

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  13. Fencing - am I responsible for maintaining fences?

    Most of our residents are responsible for maintaining the fences around their homes.

    If you share a boundary with your neighbour, it may be their responsibility to maintain. If you need to check which boundary you are responsible for, please contact us via MyCKH or call us on 01733 385030. Before contacting us, remember to check what number your neighbour is. If your neighbour is responsible for maintaining the boundary, but is not willing to repair or replace fencing, you may install appropriate fencing to secure your garden on your side of the boundary line.

    If you need to replace your fencing, you may use any standard fencing materials to install a fence no taller than 2 metres high. If you would like to replace a fence with a wall, you will need to contact us for permission before you begin the work.

    Your tenancy agreement clearly states what you are responsible for as a resident and what we are responsible for as your landlord. You should check your tenancy agreement for more details. Request a copy of your tenancy agreement.

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  14. Gas central heating - I think there's an issue, what should I check before I report a repair?

    Please ensure you have a genuine breakdown before contacting us to report a fault.

    Before getting in touch:

    • Check your user’s guide/manual to identify the fault

    • Check that you have both gas and electricity supplies

    • Check your meters are turned on and you have credit if you have a card meter

    • Have you held and pressed or turned the reset button?

    • Has there been a power cut? If so you may need to reset your programmer and/or reset your fuse board

    • Is your time clock set to the correct time?Use theoverride control to check if the system works

    • Check your boiler is set to both hot water and heating (if only one part of your system is working)

    • Check your room thermostat is set correctly as this controls the boiler operation by sensing temperature. You can do this by turning the room thermostat fully on, the boiler should come on if the thermostat is set too low. Remember to turn it down again.

    • Check your thermostatic radiator valves are set to the temperature you require (please note these are not fitted to all heating systems but if they are they control the temperature to that individual radiator)

    • Check if the red light is on your gas safety cut off box. If so this indicates that your gas safety check is urgently required

    • Are there any fault codes showing on your boiler? Make of note of them before you contact us.

    Please do not bleed your radiators - contact us and we can arrange for this to be done.

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  15. Immersions - how do I use my immersion for hot water?

    Some of our properties are fitted with a secondary means of heating hot water (or this may be the only means if your home does not have gas).

    If you have an immersion you will have a large cylinder for storing the hot water in your airing cupboard. There will also be a control panel – this is normally also situated in the airing cupboard near the tank.

    Controls vary but the majority have a simple on/off switch (or you may be able to set a timer so that it comes on at certain times) and a boost button that can be used at any other time to boost the hot water.

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  16. Insurance - what do I need to insure?

    You are responsible for insuring your furniture, fittings, floor coverings, belongings and decorations against theft, fire, vandalism, burst pipes, lost keys and other household risks.

    You must take out household insurance as we cannot compensate you for any loss or damage to your belongings.

    Find out more about why you need home contents insurance.

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  17. Keys and fobs - does CKH keep a spare?

    We do not keep spare keys for your home. You are responsible for looking after your own keys and must pay for any replacement or changes of locks should you lose them or if they are stolen. If you have Home Contents insurance you may be covered for lost/stolen keys so check your policy before getting in touch.

    We do keep extra copies of communal door keys (e.g. for block entrance doors to flats) so you can buy a replacement if needed. 

    You can also buy a new fob for entrance doors or car parks online. Complete a fob request and we'll be in touch within a couple of days to arrangement payment and delivery. 

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  18. Pest control - what pests do CKH treat?

    We can help you with some pests but you need to do your bit to help prevent infestations. 

    Pests we treat 

    We will treat the following pests free of charge if they are on or in the property itself and causing you problems accessing your home:

    • Wasps nest

    • Bees nest

    • Pharaoh ants

    • Hornets

    • Bed bugs (one treatment only)

    • Cockroaches (one treatment only)

    Please note, bees are an endangered species so our pest controller may not always be able to remove these for you. You may want to contact a local bee keeper who might be able to remove the hive. 

    Pests that are your responsibility to treat: 

    • Fleas

    • Ants

    • Earwigs

    • Woodlice

    • Silverfish

    • Rats

    • Mice

    • Squirrels

    If you have an infestation of rats, mice or squirrels we can provide treatment, however if you have only seen a few you will need to arrange the necessary traps.

    Please note, if you do not follow the advice you are given by us or by the pest control service or are found to have done something to introduce or encourage the pest, you will be charged for the cost of the treatment.

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  19. Right to repair - where can I find information on the right to repair scheme?

    Some repairs are covered by the right to repair
    scheme. If you believe you are eligible for this and would like further information, please visit: www.legislation.gov.uk

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  20. Rubbish and fly-tipping - who is responsible for waste collection?

    The council is responsible for collecting rubbish waste and emptying wheelie bins. If they do not empty your bin, you should report it to them. Find your local council using the postcode search on gov.uk.

    Make sure you put all materials that can be recycled in the appropriate bins.

    Some of our schemes provide shared recycling facilities. Please speak to your Neighbourhood Manager or Scheme Manager about this service.

    You can contact the council if you have bulky items you need to dispose of for example a fridge or a sofa.

    We also provides a bulky waste collection service within Peterborough, we will remove up to three items for a single fee of £20. Request a bulky waste collection.

    Report fly-tipping on public land to your local council, many councils have reporting forms on their website. You can report fly-tipping on CKH land to us and we will investigate. 

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  21. Rubbish chutes - how should I use the rubbish chute in my building?

    Do not put large or bulky waste down the rubbish chute. This can cause blockages and the smell can cause a nuisance to everyone.

    Make sure any rubbish, particularly food, is either composted or recycled, or if this is not possible, put it in a polythene bag before you put it in the chute.

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  22. Rubbish: how can I book a bulky waste collection?

    Book a bulky waste collection online. For a £20 fee, we'll collect and remove up to three large items. Let us know what you need to get rid of and we'll be in touch to arrange payment. 

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  23. Safety inspections: how often should I expect gas and electrical safety testing?

    We are required by law to make sure:

    • gas appliances, fittings and flues are tested every 12 months
    • electrical instalations are tested every five years.

    When your inspection is due, you will receive an appointment from Mears who will complete the free inspection. You must allow access to your home for these essential inspections to take place. If you cannot be at home for the time of the appointment, please contact Mears to rearrange. 

    We also work with another company called Morgan Lambert who visit some of our homes after a gas safety inspection has taken place. They check the inspection has been completed properly.

    All our contractors carry ID. 

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  24. Sinks, toilets and drains - will CKH deal with blockages?

    You are responsible for preventing sinks, toilets and drains becoming blocked.It is difficult and expensive to clear blockages and you will be charged if blockages are caused by you or a member of your household.

    Do not pour cooking oil, tea leaves, rice, peas or any food particles down your sink as they can block the drain.

    Never put anything down your toilet which might block it, such as disposable nappies, sanitary towels, wipes or plastic bags.

    Keep all gratings over yard drains free from leaves and waste as this will help prevent blockages and flooding. It is a good idea to clean your drains regularly to remove grease which if left may lead to blockages.

    If you do get a blocked sink you should try to clear it first, using a sink unblocker liquid or a plunger.

    For a blocked toilet half fill a bucket with hot water and tip it into the toilet pan as quickly as possible. This will often help move the blockage.

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  25. Smoke alarms - how often should I test my smoke alarm?

    Test your alarm regularly, at least every month. Press the test button until all alarms in your house sound loudly.

    Regularly check that the green mains light is on. The alarm will not work properly without mains power to it. Do not attempt to turn the power off to the alarm, it only costs 60p a year to run.

    To keep your alarm clean, use a vacuum cleaner with the narrow nozzle, or furniture brush, to remove cobwebs and dust around the sides of the alarm and on the cover. Wipe the cover of the alarm with a barely damp cloth. DO NOT use aerosol cleaners as this may set off the alarm.

    For more information, visit our safety in your home page.

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