Inchcock’s Welcome to his new Home ‘Pack’
Courtesy of Nottingham Homes.
I managed to finally get around to perusing the paperwork I was given in me ‘Welcome to your new home’ pack from the nice Nottingham City Homes people.
There were a few leaflets and pamphlets included in the pack like…
“We have awarded you 50 decorating gift points to spend in the catalogue given to you by the lettings officer.
Fine, I got three tins of paint and a steel tape measure ruler. courtesy of Steve from Age UK ordering it for me. I await its arrival and the pleasure of paying the Age UK Decorator the £189 to slap it on for me (Fair price though) – as I am incapable of doing this simple task nowadays due to me ailments like. Tsk! Most appreciated gesture.
To be filled in with your response to the services provided on a 1>10 basis for each service. With stamped addressed envelope to return it in too!
How to get the most from your electric heating and hot water system:
A rather confusing leaflet with guidance on how to manipulate the controls – being as the controls on mine have worn away through age and use – it is no wonder I was a tad confused!
Ways to pay your rent at Nottingham City Homes:
Direct debit ticked from the list of seven ways to pay – with a Rent reference number, an Occupational Therapists telephone number? and a number to call the kind Council Tax people so they can charge me double tax one for this dump and one for the new dump. Bless them!
Immersion heating scalding – tenants deaths:
Kindly pointing out the danger signs of immersion failure to watch for:
Excessively hot water coming out of the hot taps – Excessive noise or bubbling from the hot water cylinder – Hot water coming from cold water taps – Cold water cistern splits emptying its contents through the ceiling of the room below. Thanks for that I thought.
General Health Safety and Security:
If you carry our any work without the written permission of the Nottingham City Homes we may insist you put it back the way it was, and carry out the work ourselves and charge you for it.
Always ask workmen for identification.
Please do not work yourself from our scaffolding.
This is caused by damp air touching a cold surface.
You can reduce condensation by: Closing kitchen and bathroom doors to prevent steam from going into colder rooms – Open bathroom and bathroom windows when cooking or washing – Not using paraffin or liquid gas heaters and Not blocking air-vents. Well the bathroom I have has no window, and the vent in the kitchen is awaiting repair by Nottingham City Homes?
Gas and Carbon Monoxide:
If you smell gas… There is no gas connected to the block of flats?
Get a Carbon Monoxide monitor fitted in your home.
Protecting Your Home:
A full colour booklet – Common sense really.
Tenancy Agreement: 27 page A4 full colour booklet:
Unless you are transferring form a secure tenant, or an assured non-short-hold tenancy with a registered social landlord which has lasted for more than twelve months you will start as an ‘Introductory Probation Tenant’.
Your tenancy will last for one year, unless you were an assured short-hold tenant of a registered social landlord or an introductory tenant of another property immediately before commencing this tenancy. :
In the event of our taking action to extend or to end your tenancy you will usually have the opportunity to: Discuss matters with your housing patch manager or an officer from Nottingham City Homes Central Rents team.
A page about Reviewing decisions and where to appeal to.
Information for secure tenants.
As an Introductory Tenant you do not have the right to: Buy your home – sub-let part or all of your home – Take in a lodger or Apply to change your home.
Full rent includes:
Flat rent. Support charge. CCTV. Communal lighting. TV licence. Communal facilities. Care-taking. Reference number.
Your Rights as a Tenant – Sub-letting – Lodgers
Three A4 pages of confusing legal claptrap. As a
What you must do as a tenant:
Not applicable pages to me – I’m only a ‘Introductory Probation Tenant’
Smoking in your flat:
‘Smoking’ refers to smoking tobacco or anything which contains tobacco, or smoking any other substance. For your safety, always ensure any smoking materials are fully extinguished before leaving a room.
Smoking in communal areas, on grass, enclosed corridors, stairwells, lifts, entrance area is illegal and as such if prohibited.
Decorations and cleanliness:
You are responsible for keeping your home clean and in a hygienic condition. Free of refuse and to a reasonable standard of decoration.
If you fail we will enter your home t carry our necessary works and charge you the costs incurred.
Conduct on your home:
You or anyone residing in or visiting your home Must Not:
Take or abstract electricity from the mains illegally.
Tamper or damage electricity supplies, meters, smoke detectors or any other equipment.
Store or use inflammable or explosive liquids, gases or tools in your home.
Store motorbikes or mini motorbikes in your home or communal areas.
Run a business from your home.
Use your home or neighbourhood for any illegal activity.
Allow your home to become overcrowded by allowing others to live there.
Allow n accumulation of personal property in your home, that may obstruct an inspection by or on behalf of Nottingham City Homes, cause structural damage to the property or pose an environmental risk.
To do anything that causes a health risk and/or safety risk to yourself or others.
Well that covers anything and everything I think?
Antisocial behaviour, nuisance, harassment, racial harassment and domestic violence, drugs:
Three pages of what not to do. (I wish they had put illegal drugs though)
Pets, Extra Condition for Flat tenants:
You must use the rubbish chute or refuse bins provided for normal household waste.
Do not try to force large items down the chute or leave them in communal areas.
You must make proper arrangements to dispose of medical waste, needles, syringes or sanitary items.
You must not keep a dog or dogs.
You must keep balconies clean, free of obstructions and debris.
You must not cause nuisance, annoyance or disturb neighbours in any way.
You must not leave items in communal areas to your block or place items on your balcony.
You must not throw anything out of the windows or from your balcony.
You must not smoke in enclosed communal areas, stairwells, lifts or entrance areas.
You must not maliciously sett off or interfere with anything provided for your or any other parsons health and safety: including but not limited to smoke detectors, fire alarm systems, fir extinguishers, dry or wet risers, fire doors or door closers, emergency lighting, door entry or sprinkler systems.
Section on additional services you can pay for:
What the council may do if you break clauses 3.6 to 3.14:
Your right to live in your flat:
If you breach any of the obligations set out in this tenancy agreement, the actions me may take includes, but is not limited to: sending you a warning letter, court action against you of which we will issue court proceedings to seek an order for you to pay the costs.
There was another five sections, and five more booklets… but I’m too weary now to bother… Tsk!
Oh, and a Direct Debit receipt.