Our responsibilities

Every year we carry out thousands of repairs to the insides and outsides of our properties. From plumbing and joinery, to gas and electricity, we’ve got an expert team of trade professionals who can fix a range of issues.

There are two types of repairs that we carry out: emergency repairs and repairs by appointment.

If you’ve got an emergency, like loss of power or water, we’ll be with you within 24 hours to fix the problem. For all other responsive repairs we’ll book you an appointment to get someone out to you within four weeks.

For bigger repairs that require several trades or that need an element of planning we will try to arrange this within 8 weeks.

To help us make sure your property is properly maintained we’ve outlined the jobs that we’ll cover as part of your tenancy, and what you are responsible for.

Jobs that we’ll do

Below are the list of repairs that we’ll carry out on your property – all you need to do is report the problem and we’ll be out to you as soon as we can.

Plumbing✔️ Baths and sinks
✔️ Bath panels
✔️ Blocked baths, showers or sinks
✔️ Sealant
✔️ Burst pipes or leaks

Joinery✔️ Door hinges
✔️ Fixtures and fittings (provided by SYHA)
✔️ Walls, floors and ceilings

Electric✔️ Electrical wiring
✔️ Replacing sockets
✔️ Loss of power or lights
✔️ Loss of heating or hot water
Gas✔️ Relighting pilot light
✔️ Sweeping chimney
✔️ Fireplaces
✔️ Broken heating
✔️ Gas piping and appliances (provided by SYHA)
✔️ Gas water heaters
Internals✔️ Major cracks
✔️ Doors and frames
✔️ Door bells (hard wired)
✔️ Communal areas

Externals✔️ Window frames
✔️ Boundary walls and fencing
✔️ Re-glazing
✔️ Drains, gutters and down pipes
✔️ Garages
✔️ External structure painting

Jobs that you’ll need to do

Some of the smaller repairs or maintenance jobs aren’t included in your tenancy agreement, so you’ll need to do them.

Plumbing❌ Plugs and chains
❌ Toilet seats
❌ Shower curtains
❌ Unblocking external drains
Joinery❌ Lost keys and fobs
❌Fitting additional security locks
❌ Fixtures and fitted laminate floors
❌ Window keys
Electric❌ Fluorescent tubes
❌ Re-setting a tripped fuse box
❌ Replacing fuses and plugs
❌ Light bulbs
Gas❌ Bleeding radiators
Internals❌ Painting and decorating
❌ Minor cracks to plaster
❌ Curtain poles and tracks
❌ Door bells (battery operated)
❌ Door adaptations
❌ Customer damage
Externals❌ Satellite dishes and aerials (except communal ones)
❌ Sheds
❌ Washing lines and rotary dryers
❌ Bins


For our elderly, disabled and vulnerable customers we’ll be making separate arrangements for maintenance and repairs.