As your landlord, Hastoe is responsible for managing your property. We work closely with our partners to make sure that our services are of a high standard and good value for money.
When you move in please take some time to read through the information on this page to familiarise yourself with the services we provide, along with your rights and responsibilities.
Your tenancy agreement
When you signed your tenancy agreement, you made a legally binding agreement with us to accept the responsibilities and keep to the terms of the agreement. To meet your responsibilities we expect you to:
- pay your rent
- look after your home
- behave appropriately
- be a responsible householder.
Different tenancy agreements give you different rights. If you’re unsure, please contact us and we will confirm what type of agreement you have.
Paying your rent
Your rent is payable in advance, and is due on the first day of each month. Your rent covers:
- the cost of providing the building
- the cost of maintaining the property
- our management costs.
It is very important that you pay your rent. We take non-payment of rent very seriously and you could lose your home. We offer free money advice for any residents who are worried about their rent or other financial responsibilities.
There are a variety of ways that you can get in touch.
If you call us, we aim to answer your call within six rings. If we can’t answer straight away, we will tell you how long you have to wait. If you contact us via the resident portal, or by email or letter, we will acknowledge your query on the day it is received.
We aim, wherever possible, to resolve your query at the first point of contact. If we can’t deal with it straight away, we will let you know the steps we will take to reach a resolution and when. We will ensure you are satisfied with the way we handled your contact.
If things go wrong we will investigate your complaint and aim to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.
Visiting our offices and visiting your home
If you want to visit our offices in person it’s important that you telephone our customer services team, the Hastoe Hub, to make an appointment first. This will enable us to ensure that the correct person is available to deal with your enquiry.
You can visit our offices by appointment between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. We will offer a private interview area for confidential enquiries, and can provide or arrange interpreting facilities on request.
We can also arrange to visit you in your home by appointment. Our staff will always carry identification with them and we will provide that identification on arrival at your home.
Respecting your neighbours
Everyone has the right to live peacefully in their home and community. As per your tenancy agreement, you must not take part in any antisocial behaviour, including domestic abuse and harassment. We take antisocial behaviour very seriously and will do our best to help solve any problems you may be experiencing with your neighbours.
Domestic violence & harassment
If you are are the victim of violence or feel threatened by violence please contact the police immediately.
To report domestic violence or harassment in or around your home please call us on 0300 2250 123.
If you have concerns about a neighbour's wellbeing please contact us to talk to one of our Customer Service Advisors in confidence.
Pets and animals
If you live in a house, bungalow or ground floor flat with access to your own garden you can keep one dog or cat without asking our permission. If you live in any other type of property, you must get our permission to keep a pet.
Residents must make sure that any animal they keep does not cause a nuisance or distress to others or damage our property.
Using the premises
When renting a Hastoe home you must:
- live in the property as your main or only home and you must not allow any illegal activities to take place in it or from it
- get our written permission if you want to run a business from your property
- let us know if you wish to take in a lodger. Some tenancies forbid lodgers so you will need to check what your agreement says
- not sublet (or rent out) your home.
Works to your property
It is important that your home is kept in good repair. You can read more about your rights and responsibilities for getting repairs done in our repairs section.
If you wish to carry out an alteration or improvement to your home you should contact us to get written permission.
We can also provide advice and information about aids and adaptations to help you live more independently in your home.
Ending your tenancy
If you decide you want to end your tenancy with us you must give at least one month’s notice in writing. In certain circumstances, it may be possible to pass your tenancy on to another member of your family. You may also be able to apply for a transfer or a mutual exchange.
When the last tenant has moved out we will carry out general repairs and maintenance to make sure that it meets our Lettings Standard before you move in.
It is important to move in to your new home at the start of your tenancy. If not, we may think that you no longer need it or that you have abandoned the property. Also, if you are eligible for Housing Benefit you will not be entitled to it when you are not living in the property.
We want you to be happy and comfortable in your new home and you can decorate and personalise it to make it your own.
If you live in a property where you share doors, stairs, gardens or any areas with other people, then this is part of your home. It is your responsibility, along with the other tenants living there, to keep these areas secure, clean and tidy. Some properties have cleaning and gardening contractors to assist in maintaining the communal areas. You will be told about these when you sign your tenancy agreement.
Please note all our internal communal spaces are no smoking areas.
Within the first six to ten weeks of your tenancy an Area Housing Manager will offer to visit you at your home. They will check:
- that you have settled in and are not having any issues
- that all repairs we agreed when you accepted the tenancy have been carried out
- that no further repairs are needed
- that you understand the conditions of your tenancy
- that you don’t have any problems paying your rent
- if you need to update your contact details.
If you have any questions before your Area Housing Manager visits you please get in touch.
Costs of running a home
As well as your rent, there are a number of expenses that you are responsible for in the running of your home. These include:
- Council Tax
Contact your local council.
To find out who supplies your gas, call the meter number helpline on 0870 608 1524.
To find out who supplies your electricity, contact your local electricity distribution company – to get their number you can call directory enquiries. Once through to the local electricity company, you should ask for their meter point administration service.
Your water provider is based on where you live and cannot be changed. You can ring Water UK to find out who your provider is on 020 7344 1844.
The phone line should have been disconnected before you moved in. To connect the phone, you can contact British Telecom. Once you have a BT line, you can decide which company you want to provide your phone service.
- TV licence
You can ring the TV Licensing Company on 0870 241 6468 or go to www.tvlicensing.co.uk.
There are many different internet providers, and it is up to you to decide which suit your needs the best. One of the ways to do this is to use an internet comparison service which tells you about your options and the different price ranges.
There are two types of household insurance policies: buildings insurance to protect against damage to the structure of your home together with its fixtures and fittings, and home contents insurance that protects you against damage or loss of your possessions.
Hastoe arranges buildings insurance, and will repair any structural damage caused to your property, such as water damage. Please note, laminate flooring is not covered under building insurance.
You must arrange your own home contents insurance to cover your possessions, as any damage to your contents will be your responsibility. A contents policy covers just about everything you own in your home, including furniture, furnishings, household goods, kitchen equipment, televisions, video, computers, audio equipment, clothing, personal belongings and valuables up to certain limits.
If you have any other queries about your home or tenancy please get in touch.