Compliments and complaints

Thirteen aims to deliver the best services possible, however we appreciate that sometimes things can go wrong. The feedback we receive from customers helps shape and improve our services.

If you have any complaints, compliments or feedback for us, please contact us first. We’re always listening and ready to work hard to resolve your concerns straight away. If we are unable to resolve the problem there and then we will undertake a full investigation to understand the facts and get back to you no later than 5 working days. You can send us your compliment or complaint by any method including:

  • By phone on our 0300 111 1000 from 8am to 7pm, (Monday to Friday) or 9am to 3pm (Saturday)
  • Completing the online form below
  • By email: customer.relations@thirteengroup.co.uk
  • In person at one of our Touchpoint Stores

How we deal with complaints?

When you make a complaint, we'll let you know we've received it within 1 working day and it will be logged at Stage 1. We'll then assign it to one of our specialist Customer Recovery Coordinators. They will:

  • Call you in the first instance or contact you by your preferred method of contact to confirm the scope of your complaint
  • Let you know how long it's likely to take to resolve
  • Provide you with a point of contact for any questions you might have

Once your complaint has been investigated, we will contact you regarding our findings. Details will be provided on the outcome of your complaint as well as sharing a letter detailing their investigation.

This could include:

  • Making sure any outstanding work has been completed
  • Taking appropriate action to improve our services
  • Providing further training and development for our staff
  • Offering you compensation if appropriate

We endeavour to resolve all Stage 1 complaints within 5 working days, unless we notify you it will take longer to resolve. If we are unable to speak to you over the phone, we will contact you via email or post with the outcome letter.

We take learnings from the complaints we receive as this helps us to provide the best service possible to our customers. We'll only close your complaint when you have been given an outcome from us either by phone, letter or email.

What if I’m unhappy with the outcome of my complaint?

If you are unhappy about the outcome of your complaint, you can ask us to take it to Stage 2 of our complaint’s procedure.

We'll arrange for a senior member of our team to review your complaint. They'll consider how we investigated and managed your original complaint:

  • Did we follow policies and procedures correctly?
  • Were we fair?
  • Did we investigate it fully?
  • Were the actions we took to resolve it sufficient?
  • What lessons can we learn from it?

If a complaint is reviewed at Stage 2 of the process, we'll let you know the outcome within 10 working days of your Stage 2 complaint being escalated.

What if I'm still not satisfied?

If you're unhappy with our final decision, you can:

  • Contact the independent Housing Ombudsman Service. Click here to access the service. 

Review by the Housing Ombudsman Service

To have your complaint reviewed by the Housing Ombudsman Service, you'll have to:

  • Have gone through our complete complaints procedure both Stage 1 & 2
  • Waited at least 8 weeks after hearing our final decision

We will co-operate with the Housing Ombudsman Service. We will also comply with any orders and put things right if required.

Fly tipping

To report fly tipping or rubbish dumped by a Thirteen customer or on Thirteen's land, please contact your housing services co-ordinator or report it to your local council. For any other issues about fly tipping, please speak to your housing services co-ordinator.

Anti-social behaviour

To report incidents of anti-social behaviour, please email ASB@thirteengroup.co.uk

More information

You can find more details about our complaints policy and procedure, and what to do if you’re not satisfied with our response in our complaints policy and complaints procedure documents on our policies webpage.

You can also see the Housing Ombudsman's website and their complaints handling code. You can see how we are compliant with the complaints handling code.pdf

You can get more details about the complaints process by:

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Thirteen promises to keep your data safe and secure and in line with the General Data Protection Regulation 2018. We will only use your information to provide the service you have requested and we will not sell your data. You can manage and review your privacy choices at any time by contacting Governance.Compliance@thirteengroup.co.uk. You can view Thirteen’s full Privacy Notice.

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