Social housing organisations are facing increased scrutiny to excel at customer service and handle housing complaints more effectively.

In order to improve tenant customer satisfaction and avoid escalation of complaints to the Housing Ombudsman; it is essential that your organisation develops a more robust complaint handling system.

This Effectively Handling Complaints in Housing training course will enable you to understand the role of the Housing Ombudsman; respond to complaints about building defects and anti-social behaviour; and develop strategies to improve your complaint handling system.

On this Effectively Handling Complaints in Housing training course, learn the necessary tools and techniques to deliver a complaints handling system that reduces costs, increases efficiency and maintains your organisation’s reputation.

About the Chair: Peter Davey
Peter is a consultant specialising in helping housing associations, local authorities and charities develop the quality of their services and approaches to governance, strategic and business planning, user involvement and equality and diversity. Find out more here.
09:15 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:00

Chair’s Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives


Peter Davey

Charity and Housing Consultant
10:00 - 10:45

Understand the Role of the Housing Ombudsman Service

  • Work with the Housing Ombudsman on developing a complaint reduction plan
  • Learn about the powers granted to the Housing Ombudsman
  • Gain clarity on the Housing Ombudsman’s role
  • Understand the Housing Ombudsman expectations of housing associations
  • Address complaints from residents in new properties



Emma Foxall

Director of Dispute Resolution, Housing Ombudsman Service
10:45 - 11:00

Morning Break

11:00 - 12:00

Best Practice: Responding to Complaints about Repairs and Defects

  • Learn best practice from a leading housing association, which won the CIH 2017 award for best approach to repairs and maintenance
  • Improve your response rates to complaints about defects



Mark Burnett

Head of Repairs and Maintenance, Riverside Group
12:00 - 13:00

Best Practice: Resolving Complaints about Anti-Social Behaviour

  • Gain best practice from an innovative housing association, which has been awarded the CIH 2016 award for tackling anti-social behaviour
  • Develop clear strategies when managing a tenants complaint about anti-social behaviour
  • Learn how to work with the police and other agencies when responding to complaints
  • Train and support staff to help them identify and tackle anti-social behaviour



Michelle Francis

Community Safety Team, Peabody Trust

Ken Andrew

Community Safety Team, Peabody Trust
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 16:00

Workshop: Develop a Strategy to Improve Response to Complaints

Discuss in groups and with the Chair the best methods to improve your organisation’s response to complaints.

  • Utilise customer feedback to improve services
  • Learn how to use complaints to improve services
  • Assess the root causes of regular complaints and identifying priority areas for improvement
  • Filter out the vexatious complainants
  • Learn how to deal with repeat complainants and vexatious complaints
  • Develop strategies to mitigate the impact of a complaint on your organisation’s reputation
  • Create an action plan to improve your complaint handling system


Peter Davey

Charity and Housing Consultant
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation & Close

Peter Davey

Charity and Housing Consultant

Peter is a consultant specialising in helping housing associations, local authorities and charities develop the quality of their services and…

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Q: Is lunch included?

A: Yes, a two-course hot buffet is served at lunch. Tea and coffee are served throughout the day.

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