Keeping your home safe while you’re away

STAR Housing contents insurance

Now that the summer holidays are in full swing we’ve gathered together some useful tips on how you can keep your home and belongings safe while you’re away.

Check your home contents insurance

Make sure you have the cover you need and that it remains valid while you are away. Contents insurance is essential if anything does go missing from your home, and is also a requirement of your tenancy agreement.

Don’t leave your house looking unoccupied

  • Invest in some automatic timer switches for turning on a few well-placed lights and a radio or TV.
  • Leave your curtains and blinds open.
  • Don’t leave your valuables where they can be seen through a window.
  • Cancel milk and newspapers and any other regular deliveries.
  • If you have a lawn, mow it before you leave.

Keep your valuables safe

Keep valuables out of sight and don’t leave them where they can be seen through a window. If you have to leave items precious to you in your home, don’t hide them in an obvious place.

Don't tell everyone you're on holiday

Don’t tell people outside immediate friends and family that you are going away or for how long. It’s especially important not to post about your upcoming holiday on social media – you never know who’s watching.

However, it is a good idea to ask a friend or a trusty neighbour to keep an eye on your home, collect post and pick up the free newspapers and junk mail left in the letterbox.

Protect your appliances and save energy

Remember to unplug all the appliances that you can to protect them from power surges and save energy from standby functions.

Keep your tools under lock and key

These can be used to break into your home so make sure they’re safely locked away.

Rent-free fortnight – March 2018

It’s rent-free fortnight from 19 March 2018. As long as you are up to date with your rent payments, you won’t have to pay during these weeks.

Snow & Ice Warnings in March 2018

There are warnings for snow and ice this weekend, which may result in an increased number of heating breakdowns and calls to our repairs teams. Here are some tips on how you can help yourselves and us.

Need help keeping warm?

With more cold weather forecast this weekend it may be worth finding out if you could be eligible for a Cold Weather Payment – and there’s still time to apply (just).

Be part of the Great British Spring Clean

Friday (2 March 2018) marked the start of the Great British Spring Clean, a national campaign with a simple aim: to bring people across the country together to clear up the litter that blights our towns, villages, countryside and beaches.

Making space for your car

We know that it’s important for you to be able to park near to your home.


New Rents Calendar

Download and print our new rents calendar, helping you to keep on top of your payments

Next Board meeting Tuesday 24th April 2018

The next meeting of the STAR Housing Board is on Tuesday 24th April 2018

Next Development Subcommittee meeting Tuesday 8th May 2018

The next meeting of the Development Subcommittee is on Tuesday 8th May 2018

Next Finance, Audit & Risk Subcommittee Meeting 23rd April 2018

The next meeting of the Finance, Audit &Risk Subcommittee meeting is on Monday 23rd April