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

Carl Davis, Carl Davis blog, Damp and mould, Fire Safety & Cladding, Health and Safety, Housing, L&Q, London & Quadrant, Repairs and Maintenance, Safe Homes, Tenant & Resident Democracy

Not One Resident’s Voice

By Carl Davis L&Q chief executive Fiona Fletcher-Smith must be hoping that the long bank holiday weekend has induced collective amnesia over the damning report in Sunday's Observer (here) on the persistence of appalling living conditions in L&Q homes originally exposed by the paper in 2018. The ongoing scandal of disrepair continues, despite L&Q commissioning… Continue reading Not One Resident’s Voice

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

Commercialisation, Fire Safety & Cladding, HA Service Charges, Health and Safety, Housing, One Housing Group, Repairs and Maintenance, Safe Homes, Service Cuts, Tenant & Resident Democracy

One Housing Passes the Buck for Financial Failings

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

Barking Riverside, Fire Safety & Cladding, Housing, Notting Hill Genesis, One Housing Group, Safe Homes, Tenant & Resident Democracy

Open the Books on Safety

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

Commercialisation, Fire Safety & Cladding, Housing, No Evictions, Safe Homes, Service Cuts, Tenant & Resident Democracy, Waive The Rents

Tenants and Residents Speak: Evictions, Fire Safety, and Democracy

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 - is due… Continue reading Tenants and Residents Speak: Evictions, Fire Safety, and Democracy

Commercialisation, Fire Safety & Cladding, Housing, No Evictions, Regeneration, Repairs and Maintenance, Safe Homes, Tenant & Resident Democracy

SHAC Open Meeting – 6pm, 14 September 2020

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

Fire Safety & Cladding, Housing, One Housing Group, Safe Homes, Tenant & Resident Democracy

Four Hundred Angry Residents

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