Council and housing association tenant complaints
The Housing Ombudsman has changed the way they deal with complaints from residents. You used to have to wait eight weeks after a complaint was closed before contacting them, but now you don't have to wait anymore. If you want to make a complaint to the Housing Ombudsman, you can check the steps below for when and how to do it:
Step 1: Report the issue to your landlord
You must let your landlord know if something has gone wrong.
Your landlord should have their own procedures for reporting repairs or raising issues you are having in your home.
Step 2: Make a formal complaint to your landlord
If you are unhappy with the way your landlord responds to the issue/s you have raised, you should make a formal complaint.
Tell your landlord you are unhappy and why by setting out what has gone wrong and what you would like them to do to put things right.
Your landlord should respond to a formal complaint in writing.
We would suggest keeping a copy of the complaint for your records.
Step 3: Contact the Ombudsman for help if you do not receive a response to your complaint
Your landlord should respond to you within its complaint policy timescales – these can be found in your landlord’s complaint procedure and the Housing Ombudsman’s Complaint Handling Code.
If you do not get a response to the formal complaint you make to your landlord, you can send the Ombudsman a copy or provide them with details of the complaint you raised, and they have powers to order your landlord to respond.
Step 4: Refer the complaint to the Ombudsman for formal investigation if you are unhappy with its final response
If you are unhappy after completing all stages of your landlord’s formal complaint procedure, you can refer your complaint to the Housing Ombudsman.
You will need to tell them why you remain unhappy with your landlord’s final response and the outcome you are seeking to resolve the complaint.
Step 5: Review of the case
Once the Ombudsman receives your complaint, they will review it and assess if the issues raised fall under their authority.
If it is outside their authority, then they will direct you to the right service.
If they can consider your complaint, they will contact the landlord and request the information they need to start their investigation.
Step 6: The Ombudsman will investigate the complaint
For a complaint to be investigated, the complaint must be referred to the Ombudsman within 12 months from the date of the landlord’s final response.
Once they have completed their investigation, they will issue their findings, known as a determination.
They cannot provide a timescale for how long this will take as it varies on a case-by-case basis.
Contacting your social landlord to make a complaint
Here are some social housing landlords in Tower Hamlets with links to their complaints processes:
East End Homes (EEH)
London & Quadrant (L&Q)
Newlon Housing Trust
One Housing Group
Southern Housing Group
Tower Hamlets Community Housing