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Coronavirus updates 22.05.2020

22.05.2020

Whilst restrictions are easing regarding the Coronavirus we believe risks remain high. Our priority continues to be the safety and wellbeing of our staff and residents.

We are continuing to provide all essential services, and are gradually reintroducing non-essential services, subject to risk assessment. All our staff and contractors are using safe working practices in line with government and HSE guidance.

We are limiting face to face meetings and many of our staff continue to work remotely for all or part of the time. Telephones will be diverted where necessary.

To report or discuss a repair please:

To report or discuss an issue contact housing management please:

  • Email [email protected]
  • Phone 0208 749 7112 option 2
  • If you wish to report anti-social behaviour you can also use our online form here

To pay your rent :

  • Please use our online AllPay facility here
  • Phone 0208 749 7112 option 3

All other queries:

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (also known as Covid-19), are self-isolating because you might have been exposed to it, are in a high-risk category (e.g. you are pregnant, over 70 or have an underlying health condition) or are being shielded please let us know.

This is part of our ongoing efforts to protect our residents and staff as the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation develops, as well as maintain and protect services.

 

Any updates will be published here as the situation develops.

Anti-Social Behaviour Form

7.05.2020

Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) is defined as conduct that has caused, is likely to cause or is capable of causing harassment, alarm or distress, in particular in relation to their occupation of residential premises.

The following may be used as examples of what we may class as ASB:

  • Vandalism
  • Criminal activity
  • Violence or threatened violence
  • Taking drugs or drinking alcohol in areas of the building that you share
  • Drunken or disorderly behaviour
  • Aggravated noise (noise which is persistent, deliberate or targeted and not caused by reasonable everyday activity)
  • Out of control animals
  • Graffiti
  • Abusing our staff or contractors
  • Discrimination or harassment

Behaviour that results from different lifestyles or would not be considered unreasonable by most people is not ASB. Examples of activities that cannot be considered as ASB include:

  • A crying baby
  • Strong cooking smells
  • Children playing
  • Normal domestic noise like doors banging, or washing-machines and vacuum cleaners
  • Personal dislikes/arguments on non-housing matters

If you would like to contact us to report ASB you can do so by completing the form below, then one of our team will call you to gather more details and begin an investigation.

Gas safety inspections

6.05.2020

WPH has a duty of care to their tenants. This is a legal duty to repair and maintain gas pipework, flues and appliances in a safe condition, to ensure an annual gas safety check on each appliance and flue, and to keep a record of each safety check.

During the coronavirus outbreak, there is a balance between ensuring people, including the vulnerable, are protected from possible fatal risks arising from carbon monoxide exposure of gas explosion, while doing what we can to protect people from COVID-19.

Current guidance from HM Government states that work can still be carried out in people’s homes where necessary, e.g. for reasons of safety, provided that the government guidance on social distancing is followed.

Landlords are advised to not defer the inspections as this will unnecessarily put tenants at increased risk, particularly as they are spending most, if not all their time at home.

Consequently, if you have a gas appliance in your flat i.e. boiler, cooker or gas fire, you will shortly receive an appointment letter from our contractor, S and S Burners, if you haven’t already, and we strongly urge that you accept the appointment provided. Obviously; if you have another appointment such as Doctor’s or hospital appointment, then please contact S and S to rearrange for the next available date.

The engineers from S and S Burners will be taking the necessary precautions that will include carrying hand sanitizer in the vans that are used before and after inspections and also wearing gloves. They will wear masks and will ask the tenant to keep at least 2 m away or preferably, go into another room while they are carrying out the service. They will ask the tenant to sign the Landlords gas safety certificate and leave the tenant with a copy.

If a tenant is self-isolating, an appointment will be rearranged for 14 days’ time when they come out of self-isolation. If they are shielding, the appointment will need to go ahead and the engineer will use a full hazard suit and mask and take any additional precautions which are necessary.

Guidance for allocating our properties during the Coronavirus pandemic

28.04.2020

During the period of lockdown measures, we are following government guidance for allocating our properties. This means we are only accepting new tenants or moving existing tenants if the move would:

  • support victims of domestic abuse and people fleeing other forms of violence
  • prevent severe overcrowding
  • facilitate move-on from temporary accommodation
  • facilitate discharge from hospital to free-up bed space for others requiring care
  • support those living in unsafe accommodation, or without settled accommodation, which poses a risk to their health

To support enabling moves safely, we have introduced virtual viewings where a video, photographs and floor plan of the property is sent to the prospective tenant rather than a face to face viewing and sign-ups of tenancy agreements are completed in our large boardroom, 2 metres apart from other people.

Further, if you are looking to complete a mutual exchange, we are happy to make a start on the paperwork for you, but would strongly encourage you to wait until the lockdown restrictions are lifted to complete your move.

For more information please click here

Coronavirus: How to help safely

24.04.2020

The most important thing you can do to fight coronavirus is stay at home. This will protect the NHS and save lives.

You can leave the house to help someone who needs looking after. Even when you are doing this, you need to do so safely. Minimise the time you spend outside of home and make sure you are 2 metres (6 feet) apart from anyone outside of your household.

Please read the Government advice “to help safely” if you are helping someone or are receiving aid from others during this time.

Guidance: How to help safely

Sign up for email only

23.04.2020

If you are Women’s Pioneer Housing resident, would you like to go paperless?

We can send our written correspondence to you by email. You can store your correspondence electronically without having to file or dispose of paper. By completing this form, you are signing up to not receiving any letters from us by post.

Please note: this form is for Women’s Pioneer Housing residents only.

Our Waiting Lists are now closed

15.04.2020

Our Waiting Lists are now closed. Once we have processed all applications we will write to all applicants letting you know if you have met the eligibility criteria and your likelihood of being made an offer in the next 12 months.

We are aiming to get letters out by Tuesday 12 May.

Advice for those most at risk

6.04.2020

Please check here guidance on shielding:

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Hammersmith & Fulham Council has launched the H&F CAN hotline and email to support vulnerable residents through the coronavirus pandemic.

The freephone 0800 145 6095 and email [email protected] will be staffed seven days a week from 9am to 7pm, offering urgent food deliveries and support for those suffering from loneliness or isolation.

For more information visit H&F website here.

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