We aim to provide a high-quality service for our customers. However, we recognise that sometimes things go wrong, and we need to respond quickly to put them right.
We welcome your complaint as it gives us the opportunity to put things right, learn from what's happened and make improvements to our service.
- Read our complaints process quick guide
- We listen and learn from your feedback
We value complaints and pride ourselves on having a positive complaint handling culture, where we learn from any mistakes we make.
We aim to provide a quality service and use findings and data from all feedback and contact to proactively make positive changes, that will benefit all residents.
We report these to our Board, through social media, in our newsletters, in our annual report, and on our performance webpage.
- What is a complaint?
A complaint is an expression of dissatisfaction about the standard of service, actions or lack of action by us, our own staff, or those acting on our behalf, affecting an individual resident or group of residents.
- When will a complaint not be considered?
There are some things that aren’t dealt with through the complaints process. These include:
- When it's the first request for a service from the Association (for example if your boiler breaks for the first time, this would be a repair request, not a complaint).
- Where the issue happened over six months ago, and the customer didn't report it at the time.
- Where the underlying issue is not within the remit or control of the Association.
- When it's an anonymous complaint. The Association would be unable to respond to the complainant as part of this process, however, it would carry out an investigation of the reported issues and action accordingly.
- When it's an Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) / neighbour nuisance complaint - these are dealt with in accordance with the ASB Policy and Procedure. If, however, the complaint relates to the process, or our failure to deal with the concerns raised, it should be dealt with under this policy.
- When a solicitor has been instructed to act on behalf of the customer with regards to any issues related to the complaint; and/or a disrepair claim.
- When the matter has already exhausted the Association’s complaints policy.
- When the complaint is being pursued in an unreasonable manner (vexatious complaint).
How do I raise a complaint?
- I want to raise a complaint
Quick and informal resolution
We will aim to resolve your matter on your initial contact with us wherever possible.
We always take swift action to try to resolve your concerns at the first point of contact, establishing what we can do to put things right. If we can reach an immediate resolution and you're satisfied with any action taken, we'll log your concerns and feedback to the relevant department for future learning.
When you contact us, please let us know why you're dissatisfied and how you'd like us to resolve your issue.
The quickest way to get in touch is to complete our online complaints form:
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Download a flowchart of the process.
If we can't resolve the matter to your satisfaction, you can raise a formal complaint. We have a two-stage formal complaints process, with the aim of finding a resolution as quickly as possible.
Formal complaint - Stage 1
The Customer and Business Support Team will be responsible for your complaint, and will:
- accept and acknowledge the complaint within 3 working days
- agree your preferred communication method
- carry out an investigation and keep you updated on progress
- formally respond to you within 10 working days of your initial contact. We will always provide a formal letter to summarise your complaint.
The quickest way to raise a complaint is to complete our online complaints form:
Formal complaint - Stage 2, Review of complaint
If a resolution is not achieved at Stage 1, you can request to escalate your complaint to Stage 2. This need to be done within 20 days of the date stated in the full response. Details of how to do this will be provided during the process.
Full Complaints Policy
Our Complaints Policy explains the complaints process in detail.
- Who can make a complaint?
Our Complaints Policy is applicable to anyone who receives or requests a service from us, for example tenants and shared owners.
We will also accept complaints from family members, local councillors or other advocates, providing the customer has given authorisation for them to do so.
Complaints received from other stakeholders, for example a parish council, will be dealt with under the same principles applicable to other complaints. However, the review meeting representatives may differ and there is no right to refer the complaint to the Housing Ombudsman.
- Satisfied with our complaints process?
If we've not received any contact from you within 20 days of our last correspondence, or following the final resolution, we'll send you a link to complete a one question questionnaire. It will ask you:
- Were you satisfied with how your complaint was handled?
This is to review the complaints process, it does not reassess the decision made during the process.
- What if I'm not satisfied with the final response to the complaint?
The Housing Ombudsman can support both you and us at any point during the formal complaint process. This will be entirely based on encouraging an early resolution.
If you remain dissatisfied after you’ve been through our complaints process, you can pass a formal complaint to the Housing Ombudsman for investigation.
Please be aware you have to wait for eight weeks after you've received our final decision at Stage 2 of the process before you can contact the Housing Ombudsman to investigate.
You can contact the Housing Ombudsman in the following ways:
- Can I withhold rent during the complaints process?
No, residents don't have the right to withhold rent during the complaints process.
Residents do have the potential to undertake existing minor repairs themselves and deduct the cost from future rent payments. If you're considering this, there is a strict process that needs to be followed by residents and all the steps must be followed.
- Unreasonable or abusive customers - vexatious complaints
We understand that the circumstances leading to someone contacting us may have been upsetting or distressing, and that behaviour may be out of character. However, actions of customers who are aggressive, persistent, abusive or unreasonable may result in unacceptable demands on, or unacceptable behaviour towards, our colleagues. These are know as vexatious complaints.
If we consider a customer is being abusive or agressive, has unreasonable demands or is being unreasonably persistent, we will contact them and explain why we have reached this decision. At our discretion, we may give the customer the opportunity to act in a more reasonable manner or we may refuse to progress the complaint.
What is considered unreasonable, abusive or aggressive?
- Unreasonable demands includes: requesting large volumes of information, asking for responses within a short space of time, refusing to speak to an individual or insisting on speaking with another
- Unreasonable persistence includes: refusing to accept the answer that has been provided, continuing to raise the same subject matter without providing any new evidence, continuously adding to or changing the subject matter of the complaint
- Abuse, aggression, violence includes: actual physical or verbal abuse, derogatory remarks, rudeness, inflammatory allegations and threats of violence
- Overload of contact: this could be via letters, calls, emails or social media and could include the frequency of contact as well as the volume of correspondence or length of phone calls
Full details are in our Determining Unreasonable or Vexatious Complaints Policy.
- Other ways to contact us
The quickest way to contact us to raise a complaint is to complete the online complaints form:
Other ways to complain to the Association:
- Online: on MyHomeOnline
- Email us
- Write to us at: Unit 19, Whitwick Business Centre, Stenson Road, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 4JP
- Call us: 0300 1234 009
- On Facebook
- On Twitter
- In person: Contact us by email or call on 0300 1234 009 to make an appointment
- Using an advocate: Permission must be given by the customers. (If a solicitor has been appointed to act on behalf of the customer, this will be referred to the Association’s solicitor and not dealt with as part of this policy.)
- Support and more information
Any time during the process you can contact the Housing Ombudsman, who provide advice and support to residents.
The Housing Ombudsman service is set up by law to look at complaints about the housing organisations registered with them. Their service is free, independent and impartial.
Their website provides lots of information, including some quick videos about making complaints.
Our Complaints Policy
Our Complaints Policy explains the complaints process in detail.
Our Determining Unreasonable or Vexatious Complaints Policy
How are we performing?
- Complaints performance
We monitor and publish our complaints every quarter, so that our customers know how we're doing.
You can see an easy to read summary of how we're doing with our complaints on our performance pages.
- how many complaints have been made
- whether they are formal or informal
- what service areas they relate to
- how many are resolved at stage one of the complaints process
- how many are escalated to stage two of the complaints process
- how satisfied the person who complained was with our process