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Making housing associations better landlords and employers

Hitting Where it Hurts Public meeting on rent and service charge strikes – here

Sign our petition calling on Hyde to stop the service charge abuse – here

Get involved in our ‘L&Q: Fix Our Broken Homes’ campaign by sending your pictures – here

Get involved in the ‘Clarion Wall of Protest’ campaign with a photo of the flag on your home or estate – here

See photos and videos of our ‘Clarion: See Us, Hear Us’ protest – here

Read our blog on how housing associations sometimes overcharge for utitilities and how to challenge it – here

Disability Visibility: Read our guidance on the Equalities Act Public Functions Code of Practice – here

Read our newly published guide on to making a Subject Access Request (SAR), and download our template letter – here

SHAC is a network of tenants, residents, workers and activists in housing associations and cooperatives. It is aligned to the Unite Housing Workers Branch which represents staff in these organisations.

We campaign to improve the lives of those who live in housing association properties and to reduce the commercialisation of the sector. Our demands include genuine tenant and resident democracy, improved repairs and maintenance services, reduced rents and service charges, better health and safety provisions for all, and an end to the exploitation of housing workers.

Why? Because increasingly for larger associations, tenants and residents are mere commodities, and staff are just another corporate resource, instead of living, breathing human beings whose lives can be devastated when their employer or landlord mistreats them.

Because tenants and staff alike complain of bullying senior management, of highly vindictive and oppressive cultures, of performance judged against arbitrary targets instead of the actual quality of service provided, of record surpluses but extortionate rents and service charges on the one hand, and low pay and sub-inflation pay rises for the majority of workers on the other.

And because none of this is inevitable or necessary.

We are collaborating with Platform Films on a documentary highlighting the commercialisation of housing associations, their lack of accountability, and the harm they are causing to tenants and residents.

Click here to watch the trailer and find out how you can help.

Join us or get in touch:

  • Join here to become a SHAC supporter, and receive our updates.
  • If you have information or would like to get involved, feel free to contact us here.