At CIH, we always endeavour to treat all our customers fairly and deliver the best service we possibly can. We do understand however that sometimes, some people may not have the desired experience when working with us.
It is important to us that any feedback we receive is taken seriously as this helps us learn and make improvements to all of our services. We are committed to providing exceptional service, being accountable and transparent so we can build trust and respect with all of our members and customers.
If your complaint is regarding a CIH staff member or one of our products or services, you can either phone, complete an online form, send us an email or letter including your contact details, with a clear overview of the complaint and the outcome you are seeking.
In the first instance, we will do the utmost to resolve all expressions of dissatisfaction informally so we can attempt to put things right immediately. If concerns cannot be resolved informally, then the formal process should be followed.
All expressions of dissatisfaction and complaints will be acknowledged within three working days of receipt, by email or letter. For complaints requiring a full investigation, we will update you on the progress of your complaint within 15 working days. We aim to write to you with the outcome of your complaint within 28 days, however, some cases may take longer to resolve. We will update you on any delays which may occur during the investigation.
A complaint is any expression of dissatisfaction, whether justified or not, which cannot be resolved without an investigation. The complaint may relate to any aspect of the work undertaken within our governance, professional and membership services, including our volunteer membership network. The complaints procedure also applies to our services in the devolved nations and internationally. The formal complaints procedure is intended to ensure all complaints are handled fairly, confidentially, and efficiently.
Separate complaint procedures exist for:
Except in exceptional circumstances, every attempt will be made to ensure that both the complainant and CIH maintain confidentiality. However, circumstances giving rise to the complaint may be such that it may not be possible to maintain confidentiality. Should such a situation arise, the complainant will be informed.
The complaints policy is reviewed regularly and updated under business regulations.
Working in housing puts professionals in a position of trust in relation to their customers, employers and the public who rely on them to make professional judgements. CIH has a responsibility to maintain professional standards in the housing industry and to ensure housing professionals are equipped to make effective decisions in challenging situations.
CIH’s core values, code of ethics and code of conduct provide a profession-wide shared view of the standards of ethical and professional behaviour that are expected of others working within housing and related sectors. All CIH members are expected to adhere to these principles.