How are we doing?
The Scottish Government introduced the Scottish Social Housing Charter in 2012. The Charter sets out the standards that we aim for in delivering our services to you.
The way we measure how well we are doing is to ask you, our customer. The Charter is not about what we do and how we do it. The Charter is about your experience of using our services.
We ask you about customer satisfaction in a number of ways such as in surveys or questionnaires. Your answers are the best way to tell us what we are doing well and where we need to improve.
We will give you feedback and tell you what we will do to keep improving our services and give you best value for money.
Read more on the Scottish Social Housing Charter.
Getting good value from rents and service charges
Langstane Housing Association is committed to continually improving value for the rent and service charges you pay. We aim to manage our services to you efficiently and effectively by:
- minimising the time homes are empty
- managing arrears effectively
- controlling costs
- getting value out of contracts
- increasing the quality of our services at minimum extra cost to you
We publish our results every year in our Annual Report, but we'd like to show you how we've done in the quarter July to September 2018.
We value your feedback so please contact us to let us know what you think. Are we giving you value for money? What can we do better? Click here to send us your comments.
Our New Tenants
In the last quarter we housed 127 new households and agreed to 13 mutual exchanges.
The ethnicity breakdown shows that most new tenants are white Scottish.
Most of our properties are one bedroom flats. The graph shows the size of properties we re-let from July to September 2018.
Our average time for getting a property ready for a new tenant was 43.97 days. This gives us time to:
- inspect the property
- carry out repairs
- get gas and electric checks
- produce an Energy Performance Certificate
- find a new tenant for the property
We are working hard to reduce this turn around time to save on lost rent.
Your Voice Counts
We want to make sure that we are delivering high quality services and the only way we know whether we are getting things right is if you get involved and give us your views.
Our Register of Interested Tenants currently includes 265 members. There are 297 members on our Tenant Panel and 202 members on the Reader Panel. Many have joined more than one panel and we have a total of 472 tenants who are happy to give us their views in formal consultations, by phone or email. Our Reader Panel will be looking at new documents and publications to make sure they are clear and easy to understand.
We value your feedback - it really does make a difference! If you would like to join any or all of our panels, please contact us on 01224 423120, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in our Your Voice Counts leaflet from the downloads menu.
Information and Consultations
We have completed two tenant consultations within this quarter. We used our Survey Monkey platform to consult on a proposal for a Local Lettings Initiative in August. This was for hard to let two bedroom properties in Aberdeen City. Then in September we consulted with tenants to review our Tenant Satisfaction Survey which will be sent out at the end of October to all tenants. This is a three yearly survey which will be completed on our behalf by Research Resource. We offered different methods of participation and hosted an office session for discussion and feedback on the survey.
The 19 September was Scottish Housing Day with the focus being on ‘The Year of the Young Person’. We were active on social media sharing stories of young people who had either taken on their first secure tenancy or are working with Working Rite. Posts and messages were on-going throughout the week commencing 17 September.
As part of Housing Week the NETRALT group organised a Housing and Wellbeing event at the Hebron Church on Summer Street on 15 September. The event was a great success, well attended and lively along with being a great source of information for the general public, tenants, other organisations and landlords. Please click here to see all the stories and photos from the week’s activities.
We are still working with Arneil Johnston on our Rent Structure Survey and results will be published soon on our Consultation and Feedback page. An interim update can be seen in our Annual Performance Report 2018.
We have two publications available. Please click below to see our Annual Performance Report 2018 and Summer Newsletter. The Winter Newsletter is currently being developed.
Complaints and Significant Performance Failures
Anyone can make a complaint to us, including the representative of someone who is dissatisfied with our service. We will need to have your permission to speak with anyone wishing to complain on your behalf.
You can complain in person at any of our offices, by phone, in writing, email or by completing a feedback form.
If you are not satisfied with our decision or the way we have dealt with your complaint, you can ask the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman (SPSO) to look at it. If you would like to find out more, please see our Complaints Procedure leaflet in the downloads menu.
Significant Performance Failures
A performance failure occurs when we fail to do something or take an action that puts tenants' interests at risk. Performance failures normally relate to legal requirements or commitments and will affect many or all of our tenants. For instance, it would be a significant performance failure if we did not consult you about the proposed rent increase.
If you spot a failure you should raise the issue with us. If we do not fix the failure within a reasonable time, you can report the failure to the Scottish Housing Regulator. For information on how to report a failure, please see the Complaints and Significant Performance Failures leaflet in the downloads menu.
The simplest way to report a significant performance failure is to complete the form on the Scottish Housing Regulator's website.