Barking Riverside, Commercialisation, Fire Safety & Cladding, HA Service Charges, Health and Safety, Housing, Housing protest, L&Q, London & Quadrant, Service Charge Strike, Service Charges, Tenant & Resident Democracy

Victory for Bellway Service Charge Strikers!

We are delighted to report that the combative tenants and residents association on the Barking Riverside estate in East London have scored a major victory after beginning a collective service charge strike, and following months of campaigning. Construction company Bellway will now pay in full for the remediation of flammable balconies, cladding, and missing and deformed cavity… Continue reading Victory for Bellway Service Charge Strikers!

Alternative housing awards, Clarion, Clarion Housing, Commercialisation, Fire Safety & Cladding, Genesis, HA Service Charges, Health and Safety, Hexagon Housing, Housing, Housing protest, Merger, NHG, Notting Hill, Notting Hill Genesis, OHG, One Housing Group, Repairs and Maintenance, Riverside, Safe Homes, Tenant & Resident Democracy, UK Housing Awards

Housing Association Execs’ Walk of Shame

The UK Housing Awards Protest - 25th November 2021 Housing association executives were unexpectedly forced to do the 'walk of shame' through protestors as they arrived at the UK Housing Awards at the InterContinental Hotel in Greenwich. The protest started outside North Greenwich tube station, with speakers including Clarion campaigner Kwajo Tweneboa, Unite Housing Workers… Continue reading Housing Association Execs’ Walk of Shame

Barking Riverside, Commercialisation, Fire Safety & Cladding, HA Service Charges, Health and Safety, Housing, Housing protest, L&Q, London & Quadrant, Service Charge Strike, Service Charges, Tenant & Resident Democracy

Service Charge Strike: Bellway Protestors Refuse to Pay for Remediation

When fire ripped through the wooden balconies of Samuel Garside House, Barking Riverside, in June 2019, it forced 79 families to flee their homes. By the time it was out, it had destroyed a total of 10 flats and damaged many more. By sheer luck, no one was hurt, partly because it happened during the… Continue reading Service Charge Strike: Bellway Protestors Refuse to Pay for Remediation

Commercialisation, Fire Safety & Cladding, HA Service Charges, Hyde Housing, Repairs and Maintenance, Safe Homes, Tenant & Resident Democracy

Hyde Contractor’s 2000+% Profit on Fire Safety Services

This is not a typing error. On a Hyde Housing estate in Sidcup, Kent, the housing association has charged tenants £140,398.68 for emergency light testing, servicing, and repairs work over a period of four years. All of those in the properties are on social rents. The charge equates to £2,924.97 per day. The work is… Continue reading Hyde Contractor’s 2000+% Profit on Fire Safety Services

Clarion, Clarion Housing, Commercialisation, Disability, Fire Safety & Cladding, Health and Safety, Housing, Housing Law, Regeneration, Repairs and Maintenance, Safe Homes, Social Cleansing, Tenant & Resident Democracy, Uncategorized

Clarion’s Shame – Clare House Evacuation

Tenants and residents from Clare House, a tower block alongside lush parkland in east London, have slammed their landlord, Clarion Housing over woefully mis-managed – and still incomplete – evacuation of their flats. Following checks carried out after the Grenfell fire in 2017, Clarion became aware of risks to the safety of tenants and residents.… Continue reading Clarion’s Shame – Clare House Evacuation

Commercialisation, Fire Safety & Cladding, Gas, Health and Safety, Housing, Merger, OHG, One Housing Group, Onward, Repairs and Maintenance, Riverside, Safe Homes, Shepherds Bush Housing Association, Shepherds Bush Housing Group

Riverside Leads United Front Against Tenants and Residents

In February 2021, senior executives in Riverside discussed a worrying trend: a sharp rise in the number of tenants and residents taking the landlord to court over disrepairs and uninhabitable homes. Claims against Riverside were averaging around 29 claims per month, an increase of over 30% since November 2018. When the report was published, there… Continue reading Riverside Leads United Front Against Tenants and Residents

Commercialisation, Fire Safety & Cladding, Gas, Health and Safety, Housing, Merger, OHG, One Housing Group, Repairs and Maintenance, Riverside, Safe Homes

Riverside Hid Gas Safety Breach from Regulator

With the merger of Riverside and One Housing group imminent, tenants and residents of both organisations are understandably concerned about a post-merger deterioration in service standards. The merger will result in One Housing become a subsidiary of Riverside by the end of the year. Of the two landlords, One Housing is generally seen as the… Continue reading Riverside Hid Gas Safety Breach from Regulator

Disability, Fire Safety & Cladding, Health and Safety, Housing, Safe Homes

Survey: Leaseholders and Disability

With the support of Disability Rights UK and allies, CLADDAG's Leaseholders Disability Action Group has launched a survey to gather some broader data on disabled and older leaseholders impacted by the building safety crisis. You can find the survey here: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/SVODM0/. It should take 5-10 minutes to complete. If the survey format is not accessible to you,… Continue reading Survey: Leaseholders and Disability

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