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Housing Services - our service standards and performance

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We are committed to providing a high standard of service at all times. Our aim is to meet every standard, and where we can, to surpass it.

Rent collection

Team responsible – Welfare Reform and Income Team
Contact information – Tel: 01582 546620 
 [email protected]
 
We will:
  • make sure you understand your responsibility to pay your rent on time and offer advice when you sign up for a tenancy
  • give you at least 28 days notice of any changes to your rent
  • send you rent statements twice a year
  • contact you within 14 days if you get into rent arrears
  • offer debt advice and refer you to other agencies that can help you
  • visit you to discuss any problems before taking legal action for non-payment of rent

Choice Based Lettings

Team responsible – Bidding Support and Allocations Team
Contact information – Tel: 01582 546646 
[email protected] 
 
We will:
  • check and acknowledge you application
  • notify you of your priority in writing within 10 working days
  • issue you with a PIN and user ID so you can bid for properties
  • provide a number of options to enable you to bid for properties
  • assist you with the bidding process if you need it
  • contact successful bidders within five working days of the advert closing

Anti-social behaviour

Team responsible – Housing Services Team
Contact information – Tel: 01582 547304
[email protected]
 
We will:
  • contact you within one working day of your report for serious anti-social behaviour
  • contact you within three working days of your report for all other nuisance and anti-social behaviour
  • allocate a named officer to your case
  • keep in regular touch with you at least every fortnight whilst your case is in progress
  • work in partnership with residents and other agencies to resolve your complaint

Your tenancy

Team responsible – Housing Services Team
Contact information – Tel: 01582 547304
[email protected]
 
At the start of your tenancy we will:
  • offer you an accompanied viewing
  • explain your rights and responsibilities as a tenant before you sign up
  • carry out a new tenancy visit within eight weeks of the tenancy starting
  • ask you how you felt about the process of starting your tenancy
during your tenancy we will:
  • acknowledge requests for tenancy changes within five working days and send a full response within 15 working days
  • keep you informed about changes to our service
  • carry out a periodic tenancy audit of your home to check our records are correct and that you are complying with your tenancy conditions
at the end of your tenancy we will:
  • acknowledge your notice to end the tenancy within 24 hours
  • visit to inspect your home within five working days

Estate management

Team responsible – Housing Services Team
Contact information – Tel: 01582 547304
[email protected]
 
We will:
  • clean communal areas in high rise blocks daily and in low rise blocks fortnightly
  • cut the communal grass areas regularly from spring until autumn
  • litter pick the communal areas around high rise blocks five days a week and low rise blocks fortnightly
  • remove fly-tipped rubbish from our land within 2 working days of it being reported to us
  • remove offensive graffiti within one working day and other graffiti within 5 working days of it being reported
  • remove abandoned vehicles in line with legislation
  • inspect high rise blocks five days a week and low rise blocks fortnightly
  • offer you the opportunity to become a key customer

Repairs and servicing

Team responsible – Building and Technical Services
Contact information – Tel: 0800 014 7333 
[email protected]
 
We will:
  • carry out an annual safety check and service of your gas supply and council installed appliances (where applicable)
  • ensure all vacant properties are quickly returned back into service, according to our Lettable Standard
  • maintain our properties in line with Decent Homes standards
  • carry out responsive repairs, based on their severity, within the following timescales:
    • emergency – within one hour to twenty-four hours
    • urgent – within five working days
    • routine – within 30 working days
  • arrange an appointment to carry out the work when you report the work
  • give you at least 15 days notice of major works to your property and consult with leaseholders in advance on all major works

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Repairs and servicing

Comments, compliments and complaints

If we have not met these standards, or you are not happy with the service you have received from us, we want to know. This helps us to improve the service we provide. You can contact the relevant team to discuss the problem, or you can report the issue online using the comments, compliments and complaints form or you can contact the complaints manager directly at:
 
Complaints Manager
Feedback, Luton Borough Council, Town Hall, George Street, Luton, LU1 2BQ
Tel: 01582 547700
[email protected]

Performance

We can only know how well we are delivering our service if we measure our performance against standards. We have several teams who do this – including council officers, council tenants and council leaseholders. These reports can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

Each year we provide a report for tenants that tells how we have performed over the past 12 months. It includes, amongst other things, how we spent the rent that you pay, how your rent compares to other housing landlords, and how we are doing on repairs. ​​

 

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