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OHG One Stratford Residents’ Two Year Battle Over Cladding Continues

A One Housing Resident writes Residents say that after two years of cladding meetings, there remains no foreseeable end in sight for One Stratford residents. June 2024 will mark four years since we, as residents of the One Stratford estate in East London, were officially told that our homes were unsafe and in need of… Continue reading OHG One Stratford Residents’ Two Year Battle Over Cladding Continues

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Protestors’ Anger at ‘Affordable’ Housing Awards

A coalition of housing campaigners protested the Affordable Housing Awards on Friday 17th November. The event was held at the prestigious Old Trafford grounds in Manchester. The awards are presented annually to councils, housing associations, and their partners at an event organised by Inside Housing magazine and Reach PLC. Tenants and residents expressed their anger… Continue reading Protestors’ Anger at ‘Affordable’ Housing Awards

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Protestors Target Housing Awards

A coalition of housing campaigners will be protesting the Affordable Housing Awards which take place from mid-day on Friday 17th November. The event is being held at the prestigious Old Trafford grounds in Manchester. The awards are presented annually to councils, housing associations, and their partners at an event organised by Inside Housing magazine and… Continue reading Protestors Target Housing Awards

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Inflation Announcement Risks Social Rent Rises Almost 8%

The Office for National Statistics recently published inflation figures for September 2023. Tenants and residents living in housing association and council homes across the country will pay careful attention to this announcement. It is likely to be used as a basis for their April 2024 rent levels - and it is high. With inflation stubbornly… Continue reading Inflation Announcement Risks Social Rent Rises Almost 8%

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Tower Hamlets Community Residents Demand Return to Council

By Martin Andrews*, THCH tenant The proposed merger of Tower Hamlets Community Housing (THCH) and Poplar Harca in East London has ignited a firestorm of controversy among residents. While the merger appeared to be the Regulator's favoured route for THCH, many residents harbour strong reservations. Their preference is for a return to council control with… Continue reading Tower Hamlets Community Residents Demand Return to Council

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North Court Residents Challenge MTVH’s £14k Attempted Overcharge

By Yasmin Barnes*, a Northcourt resident This article was for SHAC was promised in July, not long after a meeting between our MP and the chief executive of our landlord, MTVH, over incorrect service charges; a complaint that had already dragged on for ten months. We delayed sending it because we thought it might be… Continue reading North Court Residents Challenge MTVH’s £14k Attempted Overcharge

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Protest the Affordable Housing Awards

Exactly one month from today, social landlords will be heading to Manchester for their annual booze up and backslapping. And we will be there to meet them. The UK Housing Awards was an annual self-congratulatory ceremony for housing associations, councils, and their partners. It was cancelled last year after SHAC's petition opposing the event topped… Continue reading Protest the Affordable Housing Awards

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Second Southall Estate Joins Clarion Service Charge Strike

The strikes previously reported in Southall by tenants and residents of one Clarion estate (Over 70 Southall Residents Start Service Charge Strike) have spread to a second estate nearby. Tenants and residents of at least 24 households in Doniford House are withholding payment from their landlord, Clarion, and their managing agent, First Port. Not Safe… Continue reading Second Southall Estate Joins Clarion Service Charge Strike

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

Five Reasons to Freeze Rents, Cap Service Charges

Unfair rent rises and uncapped service charges are causing financial distress for housing association tenants and residents up and down the country. We're making a stand. The Unfair and Uncapped campaign has launched to amplify the voices of those already struggling in the cost-of-living crisis. We believe that government should freeze housing association rents when… Continue reading Five Reasons to Freeze Rents, Cap Service Charges

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Clarion: Over 70 Southall Residents Start Service Charge Strike

Around 70 residents have notified their landlord, Clarion, that they will be partially withholding payments in a dispute over rent and service charge levels, plus contested service charge items. The residents have formed a collective of some 60-strong households covering their estate in Southall, West London. Shana, a striking resident has explained that the group… Continue reading Clarion: Over 70 Southall Residents Start Service Charge Strike