Clarion Housing, Commercialisation, Complaints Procedures, Damp and mould, Health and Safety, Housing, Housing Law, L&Q, London & Quadrant, Regeneration, Repairs and Maintenance, Safe Homes, Social Cleansing, Tenant & Resident Democracy

Surviving Squalor: ITV’s Conversation Starter

Over the last few weeks, ITV has broadcast a series of articles highlighting terrible social housing conditions from a cluster of tragic cases in both council and housing association properties. ITV's series of Housing Stories has charted disrepairs in many forms. Using the format of a longer documentary, ITV brought many of these stories together… Continue reading Surviving Squalor: ITV’s Conversation Starter

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Service Charges: An Informative and Energetic Discussion

SHAC's meeting on Service Charges and How to Challenge Them heard from two excellent and informative speakers, with many attendees posting their thanks and appreciation for the contributions. Ed Spencer - SHAC Ed demonstrated a powerful piece of software that he has developed to help analyse service charge statements and receipts. Using the software, he… Continue reading Service Charges: An Informative and Energetic Discussion

Auctions and Sales, Commercialisation, Housing, Housing protest, Peabody Trust, Regeneration, Social Cleansing, Tenant & Resident Democracy

Peabody Sells the Family Silver

By Tim Smith I recently witnessed surveyors prepping the three-bedroom flat upstairs for auction after the death of my neighbour, a secure tenant. It will be the second Peabody social home sent to private auction in this street in the last six months. The first to go was a ground floor one-bedroom flat converted for… Continue reading Peabody Sells the Family Silver

Clarion, Clarion Housing, Commercialisation, HA Service Charges, Homes England, Housing, Housing Law, Hyde Housing, Tenant & Resident Democracy

Homes England’s Unaffordable Housing Programme

Homes England, has announced its list of ‘Strategic Partners’ to receive funding under the Affordable Homes Programme (AHP) over the next five years (2021 to 2026). Although the funding is from central government, Homes England is the government body responsible for allocating the funding and monitoring its use across England. The Homes Englad announcement lists… Continue reading Homes England’s Unaffordable Housing Programme

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Bitter Sweet Charity

By Carl Davis In the Islamic tradition there is a saying that when it comes to charity "the left hand shouldn’t know what the right is doing". It means that good deeds and acts of charity should be carried out discreetly for the sole benefit of the intended beneficiaries, not the moral aggrandisement or any… Continue reading Bitter Sweet Charity

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The Wrong Awards

On the 25th November, the social housing sector will hold the UK Housing Awards ceremeny to congratulate itself on the great job it has done over the last year. The event is sponsored by Inside Housing Magazine and the Chartered Institute for Housing. The Wrong Awards This is the wrong thing to do. The sector… Continue reading The Wrong Awards

Commercialisation, Complaints Procedures, Damp and mould, Disability, Electricity Charges, HA Service Charges, Health and Safety, Homes England, Housing, Hyde Housing, Peter Denton, Rent Strike, Repairs and Maintenance, Safe Homes, Service charge fraud, Service Charge Strike, Service Charges, Service Cuts

Hyde: A Very Bad Apple in a Very Rotten Barrell

Oh, the irony. Or is it hypocrisy? An announcement has hit the headlines. Peter Denton, former CEO of Hyde, has been appointed to lead Homes England, the government body responsible for housing investment. Denton quipped: The government has an ambitious agenda of not just more homes but decent, affordable, safe, energy-efficient ones that sit well… Continue reading Hyde: A Very Bad Apple in a Very Rotten Barrell

Commercialisation, Complaints Procedures, HA Service Charges, Health and Safety, Housing, Newlon Housing Trust, NHT, Rents, Repairs and Maintenance, Safe Homes, SBHA, SBHG, Service charge fraud, Shepherds Bush Housing Association, Shepherds Bush Housing Group, Staff Concerns, Tenant & Resident Democracy, Uncategorized

Shepherds Bush Shambles

The executive of Shepherds Bush Housing Association (SBHA) have been condemned as "unfit to govern" by some employees and tenants horrified at the landlord's culture of mismanagement. Examples of failings provided to SHAC include incorrect service charge bills being sent to around 900 leaseholders over the last eight years. Among the estates affected were the… Continue reading Shepherds Bush Shambles

Commercialisation, Complaints Procedures, HA Service Charges, Housing, Hyde Housing, Rent Strike, Service charge fraud, Service Charge Strike, Service Charges, Service Cuts, Tenant & Resident Democracy

Hyde Cracks: Third Strike Group Win!

Hyde Housing association has caved in to a tenant's demand for a service charge reduction after he informed the landlord he had begun a service charge strike. This rapid victory comes just a few short weeks after beginning the strike action. This timescale contrasts favourably against many fruitless years previously spent attempting to challenge unfair… Continue reading Hyde Cracks: Third Strike Group Win!

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Flooded: A Notting Hill Genesis Tenant’s Soggy Story

By Mary Carter, Notting Hill Genesis tenant My landlord, Notting Hill Genesis (NHG) has published its annual report for the last financial year. The document is full of self-congratulation and positive affirmation about how well the landlord is performing. But read between the lines and you’ll also spot some small pointers to the truth. In… Continue reading Flooded: A Notting Hill Genesis Tenant’s Soggy Story