The tenancy agreement makes clear which repairs are the responsibility of West Herts Homes, and which repairs are the responsibility of the tenant. In practice, West Herts Homes is responsible for carrying out most repairs and, where this is so, each repair order is given a priority rating – Emergency, Urgent, or Routine. 

We expect tenants to take care of their property and, where a property has shared facilities, to work in partnership with other tenants to keep those shared facilities in good condition and free from hazards. 

We aim to organise work in a way that provides best value for money, so some works we will carry out on a cyclical basis (like external decoration); some works we will do as part of a programme (replacing window frames, etc. to more than one property); and other works we will do in response to requests for repairs.

West Herts Homes will usually only carry out repairs on weekdays, Monday to Friday, within normal office hours. 

For emergency repairs only, outside office hours, call 0300 500 6262. This is a call centre run by Aldwyck Housing Association.

If you think something in your home needs to be repaired, please contact the head office, giving as much detail as possible of the work required and your contact details – and let us know when you will be available to allow access. This can be sent via post, phone or email.

Before contacting us, please review the Maintenance & Repair Obligations for West Herts Homes for all properties.

Rechargeable Repairs

West Herts Homes will charge for some works, when requested by the tenant. Work will only be carried out when payment has been made in advance. Please contact West Herts Homes’ office, on 01442 244484, for details of the costs.

Examples include:

  • replacement of door locks and providing new keys
  • re-glazing broken windows
  • renewing light fittings on non-standard units (fluorescent tubes)

West Herts Homes does not routinely replace light bulbs. If a request to replace a light bulb within a tenant’s property is received, the tenants will be informed that it will be done on a rechargeable basis. 

We advise tenants to take out insurance to cover any items – like broken windows and lock changes – that are subject to a recharge.