How can I give you feedback?
Our team work really hard to make sure you live in a safe and happy environment. We value all feedback so that we can do more of the right things and change what isn’t working.
If we’re doing well, we’d love to hear about it so we can personally thank the team. You can do this by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
If something isn’t working well, your first point of contact is your property manager who will work with you to resolve any issues. However, if you need to escalate an issue or make a formal complaint, you can view our process here or contact email@example.com
How do I report a repair?
Please contact your Property Management Team. When contacting us please ensure that you provide us with the full address for the property, details of the repair and your contact details. Please note that your contact details may be provided to the contractor to contact you directly, if appropriate.
How do I contact you out of hours?
If your property is signed up to an out of hours service you can be connected by contacting our maintenance lines for your local office. We operate an out of hours emergency line although please note that this is an optional service that is not taken up by all our clients.
What areas do you cover?
We operate nationally and have properties across the country from Yorkshire to Devon.
Where are your offices?
Our main office is in Birmingham with property management teams also based at our London, Nottingham and Stratford-upon-Avon offices.
How do you select your contractors?
We have an approved Contractor system, which requires completion by all contractors of a questionnaire about their business provision of relevant health & safety documentation, and relevant qualifications, to ensure that only the most suitable contractors are used at our managed properties.
How often will a property manager inspect a block?
The frequency of visits is determined by the size and complexity of the scheme and is set out in our management agreement.
How can I make a payment to you?
We accept payment by cheque or electronic bank transfer or by debit/credit card over the telephone. Please call our Property Accounts Line 0121 710 1981 and select option 3 to talk with the team. Alternatively, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and your email will be dealt with by the team who will then liaise directly with you.
What do I do if I cannot make the payment in full on the due date?
It is essential that you contact us to discuss such situations. Please call our Property Accounts Line 0121 710 1981 and select option 3 to talk with the team. Alternatively, please email email@example.com and your email will be dealt with by the team who will then liaise directly with you. We are required to have a strict credit control procedure in place. If you fail to contact us you can become liable for additional costs. Ultimately, we may have to write to your lender and be forced to take legal action against you.
Do you carry professional indemnity insurance?
SDL Property Management have relevant and appropriate insurance to ensure all our clients and customers are protected.
How do I make an insurance claim?
If you would like to discuss an insurance claim with SDL Property Management then please call our Insurance Team on 0121 233 0500 then press option one for Residential queries and press option four for Insurance.
Dependent on who your cover is currently held with we may ask you to complete a claim form where you can provide us with as much information about the circumstances of the claim.
Once completed, the claim form will then be sent to our insurers who will contact you directly to progress the claim to its conclusion.
How do I extend the lease for my property?
In many cases, we act for the freeholder in connection with lease extensions. Please put your request in writing to your Property Management Team and ensure you provide the full address for the property and your contact details.
Why have I received “consultation” documents regarding future building works?
The Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 (as amended) provides for consultation when works are proposed which will exceed a certain threshold. That threshold is defined in the legislation and is currently where the amount to any single leaseholder will exceed £250 whether this is demanded separately or paid for from existing funds. We should inform you as part of the process whether you will be required to contribute any additional sums and we will also detail the nature of the work and then the quotes providing you with the opportunity to make formal observations.
I have noisy neighbours, what should I do?
Often, a polite conversation with the neighbour can solve these problems. We can issue a letter to the owner if requested to do so by you, but you must be prepared for us to give your contact details. If this is unsuccessful, then the local Environmental Health Department can become involved. They can install noise measuring equipment in your property to monitor the noise levels and can then take enforcement action if appropriate. In some cases, if we are to take further action, then the lease or freehold deed can require you to underwrite the costs of this action
What do I have to do if I want to install double glazing or make other alterations?
You may require consent from us on behalf of the landlord. Please contact your property management team who will send you a letter setting out the terms on which we allow alterations to be undertaken.
What do I do if I want to sublet my property?
You will need to refer to your lease and may need to consult your mortgage provider. We have provided further information below.
Can I sublet my flat?
Your lease may have clauses preventing you from sub-letting or providing conditions in order to allow a sub-letting. It is important that you review your lease, in addition you may have conditions imposed by your mortgage lender depending on the type of mortgage you have. In addition to this there may be other clauses in the Lease dealing with the occupation of the property examples of which below.
Can I sublet short term eg Air BnB?
Where sub-letting is permitted by the lease with or without conditions it may have additional clauses regarding the occupation of the property which may prevent such short term lettings.
Can I sublet for multiple occupancy?
As above your lease is likely to have clauses covering the occupation of the property and specifically stating that the property must be sub-let as a whole so it is unlikely that subletting for multiple occupancy would be permitted.
Can I sublet my parking space/garage?
As above if your lease states that the property must be let as a whole and the car parking space and or garage form part of the same lease then you may not be able to sub-let.
How do I get a new key to the main entrance door or a new fob for the gates?
Please contact your Property Management Team and speak to the Property Assistant. They will be able to advise you of the cost which must be paid in advance.
Can I have a pet or animal at my property?
Some leases have an absolute ban on the keeping of pets or animals. In some cases, there is some discretion and consent of the landlord is normally required. Please contact your Property Management Team who will send you a letter setting out the terms on which we allow pets to be kept.
Can I put up a satellite dish?
Normally the answer to this question is “no”. Most leases prevent individual owners from putting up satellite dishes. This is for a number of reasons, not least of which are that they can make the building look unsightly and also because there can be planning permission issues. In the first instance, please contact your Property Management Team who will advise in your particular circumstances. It may be that if there is enough interest in the building, we can put up a communal satellite dish to which all properties can be connected.