How Barnet Homes handles complaints

We know that things can occasionally go wrong. We welcome feedback as a valuable opportunity to learn from mistakes and make improvements for the future and on receiving a complaint, we expect our staff to listen and put things right quickly and informally.

Wherever possible, we aim to resolve matters informally. We are always keen to hear if something has gone wrong and how we can put it right, and we encourage our staff to put matters right at first point of contact without the need to enter the formal complaints process.

You can read our Complaints and Compliments Policy here: Complaints and Compliments Policy

You can also download our Complaints Leaflet, an Easy Read document about Complaints and Concerns and an Easy Read document about Compliments

Stage 1

If we cannot resolve your complaint when you first report it to us, we will log a formal Stage 1 complaint and send you an acknowledgement within two working days that will tell you who is dealing with your complaint and give you their contact details.

We always try to reply to complaints within 10 working days but if we need more time to investigate we will tell you why and how long it will take.

Stage 2

If you are unhappy with the response to your complaint at Stage 1, you should call or write to us and advise that you wish to escalate to Stage 2 of the complaints process.

A Complaints Officer will ask you the reason why you remain unhappy and what outcome you are looking for. You will need to provide further evidence to support your complaint for it to be considered for escalation and review. We will ensure your complaint is investigated by a more senior manager, and we will send you a response within 10 working days. If we need more time to investigate, we will tell you why and how long it will take.

Following completion of our process

Complaints related to social housing

If you are not satisfied with our response after Stage 2, or if we refuse your request to escalate the complaint following Stage 1, you have the right to refer your complaint to a Designated Person. Designated Persons are:

  • any ward Councillor
  • any Member of Parliament

You can find out who your local Councillors or MP are on the Write to Them website: www.writetothem.com.

If you would rather not go through the Designated Person stage, the Localism Act 2011 states that you may approach the Housing Ombudsman Service directly after a period of 8 weeks has passed from receiving your Stage 2 response.

You may also approach the Housing Ombudsman Service directly yourself if the Designated Person (member or panel) refuses to refer your complaint; again 8 weeks after receiving your Stage 2 response.

Complaints related to homelessness and housing allocations

If you are not satisfied with our response after Stage 2, or if we refuse your request to escalate the complaint following Stage 1, you have the right to approach the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman.

Contact details

Barnet Homes

Email: Talk2Us@barnethomes.org

Write to:

The Complaints and Information Team
Barnet Homes
3rd Floor
2 Bristol Avenue
London
NW9 4EW

Telephone: 020 8359 5225

Your Local MP or Ward Councillor

You can find your local MP or ward councillors at www.writetothem.com.

Housing Ombudsman

Address: Housing Ombudsman Service, PO Box 152, Liverpool, L33 7WQ

Telephone: 0300 111 3000

Website: www.housing-ombudsman.org.uk  

Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman

Address: PO Box 4771, Coventry, CV4 0EH

Telephone: 0300 061 0614

Website: www.lgo.org.uk/complaint-form

Support in making a complaint

If you wish to find out about using an advocate to support you in making a complaint, or simply seek some independent advice, there are a number of organisations that can help you, including:

Shelter

Telephone Supporter Helpdesk: 0300 330 1234 from Monday – Friday 9am-6pm (excluding bank holidays). Calling this number will cost you less than a local rate call.

Email: info@shelter.org.uk

Advocacy in Barnet

The One Stop Shop, 4-5 The Concourse, Grahame Park, London NW9 5XB (Offices are open 9.30am – 4.00pm, Monday to Friday)

Telephone: 020 8201 3415   or   020 8201 3148

Email: admin@advocacyinbarnet.co.uk

Citizen’s Advice Bureau

Telephone: 03444 111 444

Other ways to contact the CAB are detailed on their website: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/how-we-provide-advice/advice

Compliments

If you are happy with the service you have received, and would like to give a compliment to an individual employee, team, or the organisation, please contact us. We welcome compliments as an opportunity to acknowledge when our employees have made a difference, and we use them to identify good practice and learning to improve our services