Here for you in difficult times
Please remember we are here to support you and your family during these extraordinary times.
We are doing everything we can to provide as wide a range of services as we can during the new national lockdown introduced on 5 January, 2021.
The tighter restrictions and the over-riding need to limit the spread of the virus are, however, impacting some of our services. Our priority, as always, is to keep customers and our staff safe.
Please remember we’re here for you 24/7 and will do everything we can to support you and your family through the challenges you’re facing as a result of the pandemic.
Thanks again for your patience and understanding as we work together to combat Covid-19. Please continue to check our website regularly for the latest information on our services and get in touch if you have any questions.
Here we explain how our services are currently affected.
Office and staff
Our office is still closed and our staff are working from home in line with government guidance.
We are still here for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week, over the phone and online.
The safety of our customers and staff is our top priority and as a result we are concentrating on carrying out essential repairs where we can do so safely.
Essential repairs are where there is a risk to the health and safety of customers and their homes. This includes things like repairing heating and lighting, sorting a persistent leak, and repairing security entry doors and controlled entry. We always take the circumstances of the household into account and if we can’t do something right now, we’ll try to explain why and make arrangements for work to be done when it is safe to do so.
Unfortunately, it’s just not possible for now to do repairs where it’s difficult for our tradespeople to socially distance. Thanks for your understanding on this.
Please be assured staff follow strictly all health-and-safety guidelines, including wearing Personal Protective Equipment – as and when appropriate – while carrying out essential repairs.
If you need an essential repair, call us on 0800 561 6666.
Keeping you safe
If you are a Lowther tenant you will know the annual gas safety check in your home is not only essential, but a legal requirement. We are also carrying out a programme of electrical safety checks in your home, also legally required.
Please do all you can to ensure your check goes ahead – when it’s arranged – at the time we’ve agreed with you.
The new variant of Covid means there is a greater risk to staff working in narrow closes and stairwells, where it is more difficult to socially distance. As a result we’re having to pause our close cleaning services for safety reasons.
A mobile team will respond to urgent issues you might have. Call us on 0800 561 6666.
Staff at our multi-storey flats will continue to clean lifts and communal areas as before, as well as carry out fire safety checks. They will again follow all health and safety guidelines as they carry out their duties.
Here to help
If you need help, TALK TO US.
Despite the restrictions in place, we are doing all we can to support our customers during this difficult time.
If you’re finding it difficult to pay your factoring bills or rent, or need support on Universal Credit, we can help.
EatWell has provided over 28,000 emergency food packages to people in need in Wheatley communities since the start of the pandemic. EatWell delivered almost 15,500 Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Asda food vouchers in the lead-up to Christmas. If you are struggling to put food on the table, please get in touch with us.
If you are a Lowther tenant you can also access our money and fuel advice service if you need help or if your circumstances are changing and you want to find out what help is available to you.
Remember, we are always here for you. If you need help, please get in touch.
Scottish Government’s Tenant Hardship Loan Fund
The Scottish Government has asked us to make tenants aware of a new scheme they launched in December to help those impacted by the pandemic.
The Tenant Hardship Loan Fund offers interest-free loans to tenants who are struggling with rent arrears. It is designed to help people who have had their finances or employment impacted by the pandemic and do not have other means of housing support. For more information click on Tenant Hardship Loan Fund.
Now is the time, if you haven’t done so already, to open a My Lowther online account.
You can pay your rent or factoring bills using an online account. It's quick and easy to use - and is available 24/7.
Another option is to set up a Direct Debit. You can set up a Direct Debit using your My Lowther account. Your payment will come out of your bank account on a date and at a frequency that suits you;
Talk to us
If you’re finding it difficult to pay your rent or factoring bills, or need support accessing benefits or government support, there are many ways we can help.
Our message is simple: we’re here for you, if you need us.
Our staff are still working round the clock to provide services to you but please be patient if we are not able to respond to you within our normal timescales. We will get back to you as soon as we can.
Advice for people living in the private rented sector is available on the Scottish Government website at Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for private tenants.
Friday, January 08, 2021