Autism, Complaints Procedures, Electricity Charges, Fire Safety & Cladding, Gas Charges, HA Service Charges, Health and Safety, Housing Law, Service charge fraud, Service Charges, Service Cuts, Tenant & Resident Democracy

Trapped, Stressed and Impoverished: SHAC Research on Service Charge Abuse

In August 2022, SHAC began to survey members to capture the range of problems they experience with service charges, and the impact on their physical, emotional, and financial well-being. Our aim is to show the extent of service charge abuse by housing associations, and we have now published an initial report based on the first… Continue reading Trapped, Stressed and Impoverished: SHAC Research on Service Charge Abuse

Complaints Procedures, Electricity Charges, Fire Safety & Cladding, Gas Charges, HA Service Charges, Housing Law, OHG, Riverside, Service charge fraud, Service Charges, Service Cuts, Tenant & Resident Democracy

One Housing Tenant’s Non-Payment Forces Service Charge Freeze

A tenant’s refusal to pay a 60% increase in service charges has forced One Housing Group (OHG, now part of Riverside) to freeze its service charges for 2022/23 on her estate. When Angela* opened a service charge leaflet from her landlord in February 2022, she was angered to find a demand for a payment increase of 60%. The service charge hike did… Continue reading One Housing Tenant’s Non-Payment Forces Service Charge Freeze

Complaints Procedures, Electricity Charges, HA Service Charges, Health and Safety, Housing Law, Rents, Service charge fraud, Tenant & Resident Democracy, Utilities

Housing Solutions Tenants’ Long Wait for Energy Rebate

Soaring energy costs and the groundswell of anger against energy companies' vast profits forced the Conservative government to announce in April 2022 that it would discount household energy bills. The announcement proclaimed: The Energy Bills Support Scheme provides a £400 non-repayable discount to eligible households to help with their energy bills over winter 2022 to… Continue reading Housing Solutions Tenants’ Long Wait for Energy Rebate

Auctions and Sales, Complaints Procedures, Disability, Electricity Charges, Gas Charges, HA Service Charges, Housing Law, Peabody Trust, Rents, Service charge fraud, Service Charges, Staff Concerns, Tenant & Resident Democracy

The Report that Peabody Didn’t Want You to See

The report that Peabody didn’t want you to see graphically details how Peabody (deliberately or through negligence) consistently overcharges tenants and residents on services, and then makes it almost impossibly difficult for victims to recoup the overpayment. Our leak was subsequently reported in the Financial Times. Read their article 'Independent panel finds Peabody Trust overcharged… Continue reading The Report that Peabody Didn’t Want You to See

Electricity Charges, Gas Charges, HA Service Charges, Housing Law, Housing protest, Rent Strike, Rents, Tenant & Resident Democracy, Waive The Rents

Freeze Rent & Service Charge Rises

SHAC and partners are demanding that government holds social rents, shareholder rents, and service charges at current levels. Two protests were held outside the Department for Levelling up (14th September and 6th October) demanding a freeze on social rents and service charges, plus, a new eviction ban to stop those unable to pay from losing… Continue reading Freeze Rent & Service Charge Rises

Charter, Complaints Procedures, Electricity Charges, Gas, Gas Charges, HA Service Charges, Housing Law, Optivo, Service charge fraud, Tenant & Resident Democracy

Optivo on Trial Over Service Charges

By guest writer, Samuel Kitney* The dispute with Viridian Housing, my original landlord, started in 2015 when I noticed that the service charge statement included a charge for gas that we do not have. The only gas in the building is used in the plant room to run the communal heating system and the commercial… Continue reading Optivo on Trial Over Service Charges

Commercialisation, Electricity Charges, HA Service Charges, Housing, Housing Law, Hyde Housing, Rents, Service charge fraud, Service Charges, Service Cuts, Tenant & Resident Democracy

Emma’s Story: Made Homeless by Hyde Service Charges

This week we interviewed Emma, a Hyde shared ownership tenant who will shortly hand back the keys to the Hyde flat she has lived in for 15 years. Emma will then become homeless. Emma has been driven out of her home - not by rising rents, but by extortionate service charges. One example is the… Continue reading Emma’s Story: Made Homeless by Hyde Service Charges

Commercialisation, Complaints Procedures, Electricity Charges, Fire Safety & Cladding, Gas Charges, HA Service Charges, Housing, Housing Law, Housing protest, Rent Strike, Rents, Service charge fraud, Service Charge Strike, Service Charges, UK Housing Awards

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

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

Clarion Housing, Commercialisation, Complaints Procedures, Damp and mould, Electricity Charges, Fire Safety & Cladding, Genesis, HA Service Charges, Health and Safety, Hexagon Housing, Housing, Hyde Housing, L&Q, London & Quadrant, Notting Hill, Notting Hill Genesis, One Housing Group, Rent Strike, Repairs and Maintenance, Safe Homes, Sanctuary Housing, Service Charge Strike, Service Charges, Service Cuts, Tenant & Resident Democracy

Tenants and Residents Hit Back

Tenants and residents from a wide variety of housing associations have agreed to hold a coordinated service charge 'strike' under SHAC's banner. Action is being taken by residents frustrated at their landlords' failings in relation to extortionate or erroneous service charges, disrepairs, shoddy maintenance, and cladding. No Other Choice Residents described how their problems are… Continue reading Tenants and Residents Hit Back