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
Richard Hill became One Housing Group’s (OHG) new chief executive in 2017. Steve Douglas was appointed as Chair of the Board a year later. It took the pair just a couple of years to turn a pre-tax surplus of £82 million as at March 2017 into a deficit of £8.6 million in 2020. This shocking… Continue reading One Housing Passes the Buck for Financial Failings
We recently reported on a close escape by a tenant of One Housing Group (OHG) when a lump of metal fell from a neighbour's window onto the communal garden. The slab of lead that narrowly missed Ms Smith The lump of lead that Ms Smith said "could have easily killed me or any of the… Continue reading It’s All a Facade
It's time for housing associations to open their books on health and safety, both for their tenants and their workers. In one day (19th October) two worrying articles appeared in the press. Firstly, there was the evacuation of 1,059 homes in a Brentford tower block owned by Notting Hill Genesis due to safety concerns. The… Continue reading Open the Books on Safety
By SHAC At the SHAC open meeting on Monday 14th September, activists highlighted the need to stand together in opposing evictions, shout out against the fire safety and cladding scandals, and organise to increase tenant and resident democracy. Maintain the Eviction Moratorium The eviction moratorium - which meant that courts could not process eviction applications -… Continue reading Tenants and Residents Speak: Evictions, Fire Safety, and Democracy
The last month has been an exceptionally busy one for SHAC. Our focus has been on building the network, opposing evictions, and highlighting the cladding scandal which leaves thousands of tenants and residents in potential fire traps. Join our next meeting to discuss these issues and help us become a force for better social housing:… Continue reading SHAC Open Meeting – 6pm, 14 September 2020
By guest writers at One Housing Residents Action Coronavirus and lockdown has been a traumatic time for One Housing Group (OHG) residents, and has led to the formation of a new action group. After years of silence since the Grenfell tragedy, OHG residents in Mile End, East London received a letter on the 16th of… Continue reading Four Hundred Angry Residents
Does your Council plan to install sprinklers in its residential blocks?Waltham Forest Council does. It has committed a budget of £500k per year for 10 years to install sprinklers in the 64 blocks that it has identified as high-priority. Read more and see our template letter.
Read our report on the need to end HA evictions except in the most extreme circumstances, and the ongoing unsafe cladding scandal.
The revelations in the recently leaked Bureau Veritas report into the Barking Riverside fire in 2019 demonstrates that once again, major housing associations have callously disregarded tenant and resident safety.