Council house repairs

Find out which repairs are your responsibility to fix and how to request a repair. We also provide this information in our Housing repairs handbook[pdf] 1MB

Who’s responsible for the repair

You are responsible for some repairs to your property. These include:

  • blockages that you have caused to any basin, bath or toilet
  • testing battery powered smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • broken toilet seats
  • replacing light bulbs
  • replacing keys (lost, stolen or broken) and lock changes
  • appliances such as washing machines, tumble dryers, dishwashers and cookers
  • some simple boiler faults
  • some types of mould and damp

Further information can be found in the repairs handbook and your tenancy agreement.

Our repairs contractors are Osborne Property Services Ltd who undertake day to day repairs.

How to request a repair

Before reporting a repair make sure you have checked that the repair is not your responsibility and gather as much information about the repair as you can.

Non urgent repairs

You can request a non-urgent repair online through our i-housing system.

Or you can phone 01903 737827

When you request a repair, we’ll ask you:

  • your name, address, email (if you have one) and phone number
  • the times you’ll be at the property to let our contractor in
  • personal information to confirm your identity, for example your date of birth
  • about the problem that needs repairing
  • if you have reported the repair before - if so, when did you report it

Emergency repairs

An emergency repair is something that needs to be fixed quickly because it is a danger to health, safety or security.

For example:

  • loss of entire water supply
  • loss of electricity due to an electrical problem
  • a severe leak or burst pipe
  • serious roof leaks and other major structural failures for example a dangerous boundary wall or chimney
  • damage to an external window, door or lock which has left your home insecure
  • blocked toilet

To report an emergency repair:

  • phone: 01903 737827 during office hours: Monday to Thursday 8.45am to 5.15pm and Friday 8.45am to 4.45pm
  • outside of office hours phone: 01903 737500 which will put you through to our emergency out of hours standby service

Please note: the out of hours standby service is for emergencies only. If you call out the service and it’s found that the repair was non urgent or has resulted directly from damage or negligence by you, the full cost incurred will be recharged to you.

Gas and heating breakdowns

For gas and heating breakdowns phone:

Warning! Faulty appliances can cause a fire or explosion in your home or you could be at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, which can be fatal. 

If you smell gas call National Grid immediately on 0800 111 999

Annual gas checks

As a council tenant and as part of your tenancy agreement, you’ll have a free annual gas safety check on any gas heating systems in your home.

Appointments for your annual gas check

When your gas check is coming up for renewal we’ll text you to let you know. Our contractor, BSW Heating Ltd will then contact you with an appointment.

If you need to rearrange the appointment, please contact BSW Heating on 0800 068 0566. This is a free 24 hour help line. You can also email

If you have installed your own gas appliance which is currently not being checked, please let us know by phoning 01903 737827.