We are working hard to get our repairs service back to normal, while keeping our community safe from Covid-19.
You can book an emergency repair at any time, by calling 01344 382800.
You can also book some types of routine (non-emergency) repairs.
Unfortunately, the following types of routine (non-emergency) repairs are currently unavailable, due to resource limitations caused by Covid-19:
How we prioritise repairs
We respond to repair requests in order of priority, to ensure that customers whose health and safety could be at risk are well protected.
We categorise repairs into two groups:
- Emergency repairs
- Routine repairs
We also consider whether there are vulnerable people in your home when deciding what to prioritise. Vulnerability is defined as: "An individual or household needing support to enable them to live independently, or a tenant or a member of their household who is vulnerable due to age or serious long-term illness."
We aim to respond to emergency repair requests within 24 hours, or sooner if it affects health and safety.
To book an emergency repair, please call freephone 0800 692 3000 or 01344 382800.
Please be aware that we will only visit your property straight away if health and safety is judged to be severely and immediately at risk, or if serious damage is taking place to the property. If you provide any incorrect information or if it is not an emergency issue, we may charge you later for the cost of the work.
Sometimes, we will implement a temporary fix to stop the problem from becoming dangerous and will return at a later date to put a permanent solution in place. This second appointment will be booked for a time that's convenient for both of us.
If you smell gas, think you have a gas leak, or are worried that fumes containing carbon monoxide are escaping from a gas appliance, please call the free Gas Emergency Services emergency line immediately: 0800 111 999
You should contact us to book an emergency repair if your home has:
- Major structural damage
- A water leak that cannot be contained
- A total loss of electricity
- A loss of water supply, fire and flood damage
- A complete loss of heating and/or hot water in the winter season (1 November to 31 March) including secondary heating sources. Vulnerable customers will receive priority during peak times, which may include the provision of temporary heating
- Serious blockages to foul water drains (or blocked toilet if it is the only one)
- Loose or detached handrails, banisters or similar items
- Insecure external doors or windows
- Offensive or discriminatory graffiti
We share the responsibility for home maintenance with our customers
We will repair your home for free if it is for an area that we are responsible for maintaining.
You will need to pay for repairs to any area of your home that you are responsible for maintaining.
- The outside of the property
- Electrical wiring
- Communal areas
- Fixtures and fittings
- Internal decor e.g. internal doors, handles and hinges
- Damage beyond the usual wear and tear
- Pest control
- Damage caused by neglect, deliberate or reckless behaviour
- Shower heads and hoses, toilet seats, work surfaces
Paying for repairs
When you book a non-emergency rechargeable repair, payment is due before the work can be carried out.
In the case of essential or emergency repairs, we do not always expect you to make a full upfront payment, but we might request an advance contribution instead, with a written agreement to pay the balance by a certain date.
We always try to provide a breakdown of any repair costs before the work starts.
However, if this is not possible, you will receive a full breakdown of costs, along with payment instructions, within 10 working days of the work being completed.
What you need to know about repairs charges
We'll only charge you for repairs that you are responsible for. Below is a guide to give you an idea of what you will pay for different types of repairs. These prices may change after our team has surveyed the issue and calculated an accurate quote.
We carry out repairs jobs in your homes, many of which are included in your rent, while others for which you are responsible for, we will charge fees for. This list is for example and subject to review, for more information please contact us. Prices may vary and may be subject to site surveys for accurate quotes.
|Type of repair||Minimum payment to book work||Full rate charge||Out of hours rate|
|Gain entry for customer accidentally locked out||£40||£40||£65|
|Replacement lock (without forced entry)||£20||£56||£81|
|Replacement lock (with forced entry)||£20||£77||£102|
|Garage lock (without forced entry)||£40||£45||£70|
|Garage lock (with forced entry)||£60||£65||£90|
|Board up window||£20||£43||£68|
|Re-glaze broken double glazed unit (per pane)||£40||£75||Day work only|
|Re-glaze broken single glazed unit (per pane)||£20||£40||Day work only|
|Replace cracked toilet bowl, cistern or wash handbasin||£25||£75||Day work only|
|Reset tripped electrics caused by customer’s appliances||£40||£40||£65|
|Reset of central heating/re-igniting pilot light if credit runs out||£40||£40||£65|
|Replace light fittings, switches, sockets||£48||£48||N/A|
|Any blockages to plumbing items (sinks, baths, toilets, drains)||£40||£40||£65|
|Replace internal door||£25||£125||N/A|
|Plastering - minor patch repairs||£50||£50||N/A|
|Plastering - major (full room or multiple)||£50||£200||N/A|
Additional charges may apply if attendance is outside office hours, which are 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
How to avoid repairs charges
Report repairs as problems arise and keep your home in a good state of repair
Know your responsibilities
Seek written permission from Silva Homes before making alterations
Clean and clear your property before moving or ending your tenancy
“I would like to say a few words of thanks for the wonderful repair service that you provide with my Silva Homes tenancy. I can book a repair that’s done quickly and efficiently and the team that comes out is lovely and cheerful and always offer to remove shoes etc. and they finish the work to a high standard and care.”
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