What if I’m not satisfied with the outcome of my complaint?
Complaints about rent and service charges
If you're not satisfied with our response and your complaint is about a rent dispute or service charge, we may pass your complaint to the First-tier Tribunal. This is a government body set up to decide on these types of complaints. If this happens, we'll send you more information at the time.
If you're not satisfied with the outcome of your complaint, you must contact us within 20 working days of receiving our reply and tell us why you want us to escalate your complaint further (we would call this a Stage 2 complaint).
Please note: we can only respond to complaints from non-residents at Stage 1 of the complaints process.
When you tell us that you want us to escalate your complaint, we'll arrange one of more of the following actions:
- A review of our investigation into your complaint by a service director to make sure we have followed the correct procedure
- A Remote Appeals Panel hearing - you don't have to come along to this meeting
- An Appeals Panel hearing.
If we escalate your complaint to a review by a service director, we'll aim to tell you our findings within 30 working days of you telling us you want to take your complaint to this stage.
If we escalate your complaint to a Remote Appeals Panel hearing or a standard Appeals Panel hearing, we'll aim to:
- arrange the meeting within 20 working days of you telling us you want to take your complaint to this stage.
- hold the meeting within three months.
- write to you to confirm the appeals panel’s decision within 10 working days of the meeting.
The appeals panel is made up of a combination of:
- an A2Dominion Board Member
- an A2Dominion Customer Services Committee member
- an A2Dominion Executive Director
- an A2Dominion independent service director.
At Stage 2, we'll review the actions taken by staff throughout the complaints process. This is to make sure we have followed our policies and procedures and that your complaint was fully and fairly investigated. If you attend an appeals panel review, you may take a friend or colleague with you.
What if I'm still not satisfied?
If you have gone through our complaints procedure but are still unhappy, you have the right to ask for your complaint to be considered by a designated person. A designated person can be an MP, councillor or residents' panel. Their role is to try to resolve a complaint in one of two ways:
- they can try and resolve the complaint themselves, or
- they can refer you straight to the Housing Ombudsman Service.
If you don't want your complaint to be considered by a designated person you may contact the Housing Ombudsman service. The Housing Ombudsman will normally expect you to have gone through all stages of A2Dominion’s complaints procedure and have waited at least eight weeks before contacting them unless you're referred straight to them by a designated person.
The Housing Ombudsman Service is an independent body set up to provide a free and fair way of dealing with complaints against housing organisations.