Repairs & maintenance
If you contact us, please do not be concerned if we ask you if anyone in your household is currently self-isolating due to Covid-19. This is just so we can work with you to help protect everyone a much as possible and help prevent the spread of the virus.
During all visits to properties, all operatives will be following government guidance and have been provided with PPE. It is essential that we always practice social distancing so we’re continuing to remind you to remain at least 2 metres away from our trade operatives and where possible to stay in a separate room during their visit.
Report a repair
There are several ways you can report a repair:
- using your Darlington Home Online account. Register for a Darlington Home Online account here[external link] orlog in to your account here[external link]. More information on your Darlington Home Online account.
- email[email protected]
- call us on 01325 405333
- emergency repairscan be reported to 01325 405333
Please provide as much information as possible including:
- your contact details
- what needs repairing
- what the problem is
- any special circumstances
- your availability for booking an appointment.
If we have enough information we will either come and inspect the problem or place an order for repair. We will offer you a choice of appointment time slots but unfortunately we cannot give a specific time.
Monday to Thursday
- all day (8am-4pm)
- AM (8.30am-12.30pm)
- school run (10am-3pm)
- PM (12-4pm)
- all day (8am-3.30pm)
- AM (8.30am-12.30pm)
- school run (10am-3pm)
- PM (12-3:30pm)
Once we give you an appointment it is important that you are in when we call. If you are not in, we will cancel the job and you may be recharged for a missed call. We will leave a missed appointment card. Please call 01325 405333 so you can arrange a new appointment time or log a repair through Darlington Home Online[external link].
On completion of the work you will be asked to sign that you are happy with the repair. We may also need to inspect work completed to ensure a high standard of workmanship. If you are not satisfied, please contact us and let us know.
As a landlord we are responsible for the repair of the structure and exterior of the house including:
- ceilings and plaster work on larger scales
- doors, window frames, drains, gutters
- outside walls, the roof and chimneys
- external fall and waste pipes
for more information please view our repairs: what we fix handbook
You can book a repair by logging into your Darlington Home Online at any time [external link].
Phone01325 405333 and we will arrange an appointment with you. A property inspector may need to visit and assess the repair before the work is ordered.
As a tenant you are responsible for fixing anything not caused by wear and tear. Examples of this include:
- blocked sinks, drains, hand basins, baths, WC's
- changing door locks
- re-glazing windows and doors
- shower curtains
- internal door handles
- tenant's own fixtures and fittings
- laminate flooring
for more information please view our repairs: what am i responsible for? handbook [pdf document].
You are responsible for all repairs due to accidental or deliberate damage. If the repair is your responsibility but you ask us to carry out the repair, we will usually charge you. Before the repair is booked in you must sign a recharge form to authorise us to carry out this work.
No work will be issued unless this form is signed by the tenant of the property. Signatures of friends/family will not be accepted.
If you wish to make improvements to your home, you will need to ask permission from us in writing first.
Examples could be:
- removing doors
- installing partitions in bedrooms
- altering, removing or replacing any walls and boundary fencing or installing laminate flooring.
This list is not exhaustive.
you may still need planning permission to meet building regulations. We may withdraw our permission if a nuisance is caused. Permissions safeguard the property and also make sure that any work done is safe.
You must get written permission before you do any of the following:
- carry out alterations to the property
- put a greenhouse or shed in the garden
- put a garage on the property
- fit a CB aerial or satellite dish
- build a parking space or drive
- build a pigeon cree or aviary
- decorate the outside of your house
Planning permission/building regulations
You may still need to get planning permission before you start the work. You will need to follow building regulations. All work done at the property needs to be completed to a high standard. A Gas Safe registered engineer must check all works involving gas supply. A NICEIC approved contractor must check all electrical works. Any costs incurred is your responsibility.
Do not exaggerate how urgent a problem is to get a quicker response. This stops us from responding to real emergencies. If you, a member of your household or a visitor, have caused damage to the property on purpose, we will charge you to put it right.
Always ask for identification from anyone who calls at your home an claims to work us. All staff carry identification cards. If you are unsure, do not let them into your home and call 01325 405333 for advice.
We have a no smoking at work policy. We ask that you do not smoke in the presence of our staff whilst they are working in your home.