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    Maintaining your home 

    To make sure your home is safe and well maintained, we need you to work with us to report repairs that we are responsible for. You need to look after your home and do the repairs that you are responsible for. 

    If you are a shared owner or leaseholder, you can find out more here. 

    Changes in our repairs service due to Coronavirus

    All our services will be continuing as usual and in line with government guidance

    Our staff are well adapted to working safely in homes and we ask residents to help us with this by ventilating their homes before we arrive, wearing a mask while we are there, staying in another room if we are carrying out a repair, and cancelling appointments if anyone has symptoms.

    We may need to cancel repairs last minute if we experience high levels of staff absence, but we will always prioritise urgent repairs and emergencies.

    If you have a repair, you can book a repair using our online portal, by emailing help@wkha.org.uk or calling 0800 169 1122. Call times may be longer than usual, so unless your repair is urgent, please use one of our online methods to save you waiting.

    Please make sure you watch this video about how to stay safe while work is carried out in your home.

    If you are self-isolating and need to cancel your appointment after 10am, you won't be charged. If we need to cancel your appointment after 10am we will not offer compensation. 

    • Emergency Repairs

      This priority is used when there is an immediate risk to your health or security or serious damage to your home. We will make it safe but may have to return to finish the repair at a later date if we attend outside of normal working hours. 

      Target response time: By the end of the next day

    • Urgent Repairs

      This priority is used where there is a risk to the resident’s health or security.

      Target response times: within three full days.

    • Routine Repairs

      This is used for most standard repairs where there is no risk to health or security. These repairs will be  completed by appointment made with you.

      Recent changes in the service due to the the Coronavirus outbreak mean we now have a backlog of repairs, so won't be able to meet our usual target repair response time of 21 days.  Routine repairs will start taking place on 15 June. Repairs logged after this date will have a waiting time of six weeks for an appointment. We are working hard to work through the repairs backlog, so please be patient.

    • Planned Repairs

      Some repairs involving large scale replacement or improvement work may by scheduled outside routine repairs.

    • Further Works

      If we identify further work during your repair, we will advise you when these will be completed.

    You can also view our full Maintaining Your Home standard.

    Appointments

    When you report a repair we will either give you an appointment time or our contractor will call with a time slot that suits you. 

    Always ask for proof of identity before letting anyone into your home. This includes staff from West Kent and anyone working on our behalf. If you’re not sure just give us a call.

    Out of hours

    If you report a repair outside our normal working hours, you’ll get help with your emergency and once it's been made safe (and if necessary), we can follow this up with you when we re-open.

    Our out of hours is a make safe service, not a full repair one. This may mean that substitutes such as bottled water or fan heaters are provided until we reopen. You can see what we class as an emergency in our Maintaining your Home standard.