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Here you will find useful information for those living in high rise blocks (4 storeys or more), low rise blocks (3 storeys or less) and converted blocks (e.g. houses converted into several self-contained flats).

Right to occupy
We will not interrupt or interfere with your right to peacefully occupy your home except where:

  • Access is required subject to reasonable notice (e.g. to inspect the condition of your home, carry out repairs or other works, or to carry out an annual tenancy audit).
  • We are entitled to possession at the end of the tenancy.
  • We want to check on your safety or welfare, where there is cause for.

Information for all residents

Visitors and unwanted visitors
You must only let genuine callers into your block. If you do not know the person calling, do not let them in. If you are worried or have suspicions about any caller or you have concerns about unwanted visitors, you should contact us on 0300 365 1111 or the police.

Fire, Legionella, Asbestos and Gas
It is very important that you familiarise yourself with the safety arrangements in place for your block, particularly fire safety.
Please refer to the Customer Support section of our website for detailed information on these subjects, and others, including mobility scooters, electrical safety and cooking advice.

Smoking in shared areas
Smoking in communal areas is prohibited and against the law.

You must not smoke in any areas of the building such as hallways, stairs, corridors, landings or lifts.

General waste
Do not flush nappies, baby wipes and pads down the toilet, this will cause blockages.

Do not leave bags of rubbish or other items outside your door or in shared areas (for example in corridors, on landings, on stairways or in entrance halls). This causes both a nuisance and fire hazard.

If you require assistance in removing bulky items (e.g. fridge, cooker) you can contact Sefton Council on
0845 140 0845. This service may incur a small charge. Or you can take them to your local Waste Recycling Centre, there are four located in Sefton:

  • Formby Household Waste Recycling Centre, Altcar Road, Formby vL37 8DL
  • Sefton Meadows Household Waste Recycling Centre, Sefton Lane, Maghull L31 8BX
  • South Sefton Household Waste Recycling Centre, Irlam Road, Bootle L20 4AE
  • Southport Household Waste Recycling Centre, Foul Lane, Southport PR9 7RG

If you have been issued with wheelie bins and a recycling box/bag for your household waste, you should use these facilities in accordance with the requirements of the local authority.

If you need help in putting your waste and recycling out for collection, contact Sefton Council on 0845 140 0845. They will arrange for an assessment to be carried out.

Communal areas
Residents are not permitted under any circumstances to store or display personal items, or dispose of items in the communal areas, this includes bicycles, prams, mats/carpets etc. Communal areas must be kept clear and sterile at all times for fire safety reasons.

How to be a good neighbour
Everyone is entitled to enjoy their home in peace, and living in your type of accommodation means you need to be especially considerate to other people in your block. The following advice will help you to be a good neighbour:

  • Do not use power tools, vacuum cleaners and washing machines etc after 9pm (or as agreed locally) and keep the volume on your TV to an acceptable level
  • Co-operate if a neighbour asks you to reduce the noise
  • Only use bin chutes between 8am and 8pm
  • Try to be tolerant towards your neighbours and their lifestyles
  • Do not use your property for business or illegal purposes
  • Report problems – please contact us about anti-social behaviour, vandalism, graffiti, rubbish or repairs required in communal areas (e.g. lighting, lifts etc) – all reports will be confidential

Windows
In your home, you will have one of two types of window, either a ‘tilt and turn’ window or a ‘UPVC casement’ window. Depending on the type of window you have, please refer to the guidance below.

Tilt and turn windows
Tilt and turn windows should only be opened in the ‘tilt’ position
as illustrated).

These windows are pre-set to this position before your occupation. Please contact us on 0300 365 1111 if they are not. For safety reasons, you must not attempt to open these windows fully (in the ‘turn’ position).

Window safety advice

  • Never drop or throw items out of windows
  • Never lean out, hang out, climb out of windows
  • Do not allow children to climb play near windows
  • Consider the layout of furniture in your home to prevent children climbing on top of it (e.g. to prevent accessing a window)
  • Inform children and other people in your home of the hazards associated with your windows
  • Do not interfere with window restrictors or other safety devices
  • Be careful when opening and closing windows, particularly in windy conditions – do not leave windows open in high winds
  • Report defects immediately

PVC casement windows are fitted with window restrictor devices. For safety reasons, you should not interfere with these devices. If there is a problem with any of the window restrictor devices in your home or block, you should contact us immediately on 0300 365 1111.

Abandoned flats
If you suspect that a flat in your building has been abandoned, please call us on 0300 365 1111. Please tell us if you are going away for more than four weeks so that we know you have not abandoned your home.

 

 

Car parks and vehicle access
Roads and other areas outside your building are designed so that emergency vehicles and other service vehicles (e.g. refuse collection) can get as close as possible. Please ensure access is available at all times. Where applicable, you should only park in marked parking bays. Do not park on grass verges or in disabled bays, unless you are a blue badge holder.

Information for high rise/ low rise residents

How do I use my door entry system?
When you get the keys to your flat, you will also be issued with a door key fob. This key fob is unique to you and your building. Please do not give it to anyone else.

If you lose or damage your fob, please contact us on 0300 365 1111. There may be a small charge for replacing it.

Communal cleaning
The communal areas in your building such as hallways, stairs, corridors, landings and lifts are cleaned on a regular basis.
If you are dissatisfied with any aspect of the cleaning services then please contact us on 0300 365 1111.

Balconies
Balconies can be great for enjoying warm summer days and evenings, but there are some rules that you must follow for safety reasons.

Please help keep our communities safe for everyone by following these rules: Never drop, throw or brush items off the balcony.

  • Never lean over, hang over or climb over the balcony
  • Balconies should not be used as a storage area – materials may blow off the balcony, or children may climb on objects and fall
  • Inform children and other people in your home of the hazards associated with your balcony
  • Do not hang items (e.g. planters) on or over the balcony
  • Barbecuing is not allowed on your balcony and propane tanks must not be kept on the balcony
  • Report defects immediately

Lifts
Please use lifts responsibly. All lifts are monitored by CCTV.

If you identify a problem with the lift in your building, please contact us immediately on 0300 365 1111.

If you become trapped in a lift, press the emergency call button and speak to a member of our CCTV team. Staff at our control room will call an engineer and speak to you through the speaker system to keep you up to date with the progress of the repair.

Dogs and other animals
If you live in a flat, we will not give you permission to keep a dog unless there are medical grounds (supported by a letter from a doctor). Dogs are not allowed in the block, please do not allow your visitors to bring a dog into the building. Be a responsible pet owner and keep your animals under control and don’t allow them to cause a nuisance to other residents.

CCTV (high rise only)
We have installed CCTV in all of our high rise blocks. CCTV is monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We use the CCTV to manage non-residents attempting to gain access to the block and also to assist with the prevention of issues such as anti-social behaviour, graffiti and litter.

Wet and dry risers (high rise only)
What are wet and dry risers?

  • A wet riser is a system of valves and pipework which are kept permanently charged with water.
  • A dry riser is a system of valves and pipework which enables the Fire Service to pump water onto the upper floors of a building.

Wet and dry risers are intended for the use of the Fire Service to provide a readily available means of delivering considerable quantities of water.

Where do you find wet and dry risers?
Wet/dry risers are located in cupboards on each floor of the building.

What should I do?
Nothing. We will arrange for risers to be tested periodically to ensure they are available for use in the event of an emergency. Never interfere with risers. This could cost lives. For more information you can contact the Fire Service on 0151 296 4000.

Rubbish chutes (high rise only)

There are bin chutes on each floor in your block (above the ground floor). The chutes take small bags of rubbish (for example, carrier bags). Please do not attempt to put large bags or items in the chute as this will cause a blockage. If you live on the ground floor, you can put your bags outside the bin shed.

Satellite dishes and television (high rise only)
Installing structures such as satellite dishes, without our written permission, is against your tenancy agreement We are unlikely to give permission for satellite dishes to be installed on high rises. If you install a dish without our permission we may remove it and charge you the cost of this.

All of our blocks have a digital aerial and you should have a digital socket in your flat, which allows you to receive a wide range of channels without a satellite dish. If you don’t have a digital socket, please let us know.

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