Feedback is important to us as it helps to shape our services. If you want to share a suggestion, give a compliment or make a complaint please contact us here.
What is a suggestion?
This is a comment about how we can improve our services. We will report the types of suggestions we receive and what we are doing as a result in our tenant newsletter and on our website. We value your feedback as an opportunity to improve the quality of our service.
What is a compliment?
If you feel you want to make a positive comment about an individual, team or service, we will treat this as a compliment. We welcome all compliments, as these help us to identify where we are performing well and share this good practice with other parts of our organisation.
What is a complaint?
A complaint as per the Housing Ombudsman Code is defined as ‘An expression of dissatisfaction, however made, about the standard of service, actions or lack of action by the organisation, its own staff, or those acting on its behalf, affecting an individual resident or group of residents’.
In the event you would like to make a complaint we would recommend that you talk to us first by contacting the team who dealt with your initial enquiry. They will try to resolve your complaint for you on the spot. If you still feel aggrieved you can make a formal complaint.
We are happy to communicate with you in the way that you prefer. This could be in writing, over the phone, in person, or by email.
If you do not wish to make the complaint yourself, we are happy to deal with someone who will represent you. This may be a local official, family member, or other body such as an advocate. You may need to give us permission if your complaint concerns sensitive information.
Complaints do not include the following:
- Neighbour disputes
- Neighbour nuisance or anti-social behaviour complaints – unless you feel that we have not dealt with a nuisance complaint properly
- Complaints about the actions of a party that is not working for, or supported by OVH
What is an appeal?
In instances where you wish to contest a decision made in line with OVH’s published policies or procedures, you may raise an appeal. A non exhaustive list of issues you may appeal include:
- Eligibility for independent living following a needs and risk assessment
- Decisions on investments or adaptation work
- Decisions to allow ‘Right to Buy’ and ‘Right to Acquire’ applications
- Service charges for tenants and leaseholders
Investigating your complaint or appeal
You can make an official complaint or appeal, in the following ways:
We will acknowledge your complaint or appeal within two working days and give you a full response within 10 working days.
Escalating your complaint or appeal
If you are unhappy with the outcome of your complaint or appeal, you can request a review of your case. You can do this in the same way that you made your initial enquiry. Please tell us why you are not satisfied with our initial response. Again, we will acknowledge your contact within two working days and provide a full written response within 10 working days. Your response letter will also include an explanation of what you can do if you are still unhappy.
Contacting a Designated Person
If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the complaint review, you may contact a ‘Designated Person’ (as defined by the Localism Act 2011) and they will attempt to resolve your complaint. This includes your local Councillor, any MP, or the Tenant Mediation Panel.
The Tenant Mediation Panel is a group of One Vision Housing tenants who have been recognised by One Vision Housing to independently look at complaints after they have been through the complaints process, with a view to helping resolve issues.
You can contact the Tenant Mediation Panel on their email email@example.com and details of your councillor or an MP are available on the internet or available at your local library.
Tenant Complaint Champions
Tenant Complaint Champions are a group of tenants who have volunteered to assist customers who require a little help throughout the complaint process. This might include help with getting your complaint across, accompanying you at any meetings, or just someone to have a chat with.
If you would like to speak to one of the Champions, you can contact us by calling 0300 365 1111 or writing to One Vision Housing, Atlantic House, Dunnings Bridge Road, Bootle, Merseyside L30 4TH.
Contacting the Housing Ombudsman Service
At any point during the complaint process you can contact the Housing Ombudsman, who may be able to offer assistance whilst OVH investigate your complaint.
If you have completed both stages of the complaint process and approached a designated person or the Tenant Mediation Panel and feel they are unable to assist in resolving the complaint, then they will refer your complaint to the Housing Ombudsman. This is an independent and free national service, which investigates complaints against Registered Housing providers.
If you do not wish to contact a designated person then you may contact the Housing Ombudsman directly, however, you must wait eight weeks from the end of the complaints process.
You can contact the Independent Housing Ombudsman at:
Housing Ombudsman Service
PO Box 152
Liverpool L33 7WQ
0300 111 3000
In July 2020 the Housing Ombudsman released a Complaint Handling Code to enable us to resolve complaints raised by our residents quickly and to use the learning from complaints to drive service improvements. In order for OVH to be compliant with the new code we have completed a self-assessment form. We will re-visit the self-assessment form at the end of every financial year to make sure we stay compliant with the new code.