Emergency Advice for Tenants in Watford

Advice to current tenants

There is no out of hours emergency repair service unless you have been specifically advised of a policy in place for your property. Faults are classified as either routine or emergency. An emergency is something that would immediately endanger life or property if not treated promptly. If an emergency occurs out of normal office hours, during holiday periods or otherwise, it should be handled in accordance with the tenancy documentation provided at the start of the tenancy. Routine repairs should be reported to us for attention during normal office hours. Please see below for more information about emergencies and boiler problems.

Repair notice to tenants

Please note that you must not authorise repairs to the property or incur any unauthorised expenses without the express permission of the agent, unless an emergency handled by you in accordance with the tenancy agreement. The cost of any work authorised by you or someone acting on your behalf conducted without our agreement or in accordance with the tenancy agreement may not be reimbursed.

Out of office emergency enquiries

EMERGENCY REQUESTS. Definition of an Emergency that may require immediate attention: Where lives or health are at risk or there is serious risk to the property. Permanent repairs may be carried out at a later date – the priority is to ensure safety.

The following problems are examples of the type of situation that would be considered as emergencies:

  • total loss of electric power;
  • unsafe, broken or missing electrical fitting (not simply defective) comprising a dangerous fault that is immediately life threatening;
  • total loss of gas supply;
  • gas leak on the property side of the meter;
  • blocked, damaged or defective flue to an open fire or gas appliance;
  • total loss of space heating or water heating (between 1 November and 31 March only) for those with special needs such as disabled, young baby etc;
  • blocked toilet pan if only one in house, soil stack or blocked foul drain;
  • leak from a water supply pipe, heating pipe, tank or cistern;
  • Securing the property, eg, doors, windows after a burglary OR boarding up a broken window or door;
  • loss of heating or hot water in housing for the elderly.

Examples of who to call and guidance if cannot wait and own temporary solution not possible:

  1. 999 for Police, ambulance or fire service.
  2. Numbers and guidance provided where applicable.
  3. Utility companies emergency/helpline numbers.
  4. Customer Care Emergency Helpline policy number for new/insured properties.
  5. Preferred Contractors as listed below.
  6. Belvoir Office – not manned 24 hours

To avoid misunderstanding, Belvoir does not provide an out-of-hours service for emergencies but will, where possible, return your call soonest to offer guidance and assistance. No guarantee can be given as to availability or response times of local contractors. Sometimes delays are unavoidable due to availability of assistance, time of year, peak periods etc and are no different from those experienced by owner-occupiers.

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