Complaints Procedures, HA Service Charges, Housing Law, Rent Strike, Service charge fraud, Service Charges

Mass Action to Tackle Housing Association Service Charge Abuse

SHAC and FindOthers have teamed up to develop a unique online tool to request and chase service charge packs. It is part of a long term SHAC campaign to end service charge abuse by housing associations. Requests and Complaints Made Easy The platform removes a lot of drudgery from the process with pre-set letters to… Continue reading Mass Action to Tackle Housing Association Service Charge Abuse

Alternative housing awards, Clarion Housing, HA Service Charges, Health and Safety, Housing protest, Hyde Housing, Rent Strike, Rents, Sanctuary Housing, Service charge fraud, Service Charges, Tenant & Resident Democracy, UK Housing Awards

Protests Force Cancellation of Housing Executives Awards Extravaganza

We won, and it's worthy of a celebration. It took 54,000 signatures on a petition, and a threatened mass mobilisation to picket & protest at the event. It also took an increased media focus on the failings of the social housing sector which was triggered by a coroner confirming that a two year-old boy had… Continue reading Protests Force Cancellation of Housing Executives Awards Extravaganza

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

Complaints Procedures, Damp and mould, Disability, Fire Safety & Cladding, Gas, Gas Charges, HA Service Charges, Health and Safety, Housing Law, Regeneration, Rents, Service charge fraud, Service Charges, Service Cuts, Social Cleansing, Tenant & Resident Democracy

Damp and Mould: Gove’s Double Standards

Awaab Ishak died in 2017 in a home infested with mould which had a catastrophic effect on his breathing. His parents complained to their housing association landlord, Rochdale Boroughwide Housing (RBH), but the landlord repeatedly failed to address the causes. No-one in authority seemed able to force them to make the necessary fixes. Michael Gove… Continue reading Damp and Mould: Gove’s Double Standards

HA Service Charges, Housing protest, Rent Strike, Rents, Service Charges, Service Cuts, Tenant & Resident Democracy, Uncategorized

Social Housing Tenants Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay Rent & Service Charge Rises

Social housing tenants and residents have reacted with anger and dismay at Government's announcement allowing social rents to rise by up to 7%. Many say that it will inflict an unmanageable burden on their budgets. It is expected that almost all housing associations will utilise the full allowance. Supported housing is exempted from the rent… Continue reading Social Housing Tenants Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay Rent & Service Charge Rises

Alternative housing awards, Clarion, Clarion Housing, HA Service Charges, Health and Safety, Housing protest, Hyde Housing, L&Q, Rent Strike, Rents, Sanctuary Housing, Service charge fraud, Service Charges, Tenant & Resident Democracy, UK Housing Awards

Protestors to Picket Housing Executives Awards Extravaganza

SHAC has organised a picket of the annual UK Housing Awards after almost 54,600 people signed our petition calling on organisers to cancel the extravaganza. We are encouraging tenants, residents, housing campaigners, and all those opposed to the commercialisation of social housing to join us. The picket will take place from 11am on Friday 25th… Continue reading Protestors to Picket Housing Executives Awards Extravaganza

HA Service Charges, Homes England, Housing Law, Housing protest, L&Q, Rent Strike, Rents, Tenant & Resident Democracy, Waive The Rents

RPI Inflation Sets Shared Owner Rent Rises at around 14.6%

Announcement of the September 'RPI' inflation figure has sealed the rent rises that the majority of shared owners will be expected to pay. The RPI increase was confirmed by government as 12.6%, which translates into rent increases of 13.1% - 14.6%, depending on the formula used in the lease. Worst of Both Worlds Shared owners… Continue reading RPI Inflation Sets Shared Owner Rent Rises at around 14.6%

HA Service Charges, Housing Law, Housing protest, Rent Strike, Rents

Outsized Letter Demands Rent Freeze and Eviction Ban

Housing Campaigners Demand gathered outside the department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (LUHC) on Thursday 6th October demanding a freeze on social rents and service charges, plus, a new eviction ban to stop those unable to pay from losing their homes. The group handed over an outsized letter to Simon Clarke, Secretary of State,… Continue reading Outsized Letter Demands Rent Freeze and Eviction Ban

HA Service Charges, Housing Law, Housing protest, Rent Strike, Rents

Fighting for Frozen Rents & Service Charges

Government has invited organisations and individuals to give a view on where the social rent cap should be set, taking effect from next April. Their deadline is 12th October 2022. SHAC has submitted a response, and is encouraging everyone to do the same. You do not need to be part of an organisation, but can… Continue reading Fighting for Frozen Rents & Service Charges

Auctions and Sales, Fire Safety & Cladding, HA Service Charges, Housing Law, Housing protest, Rent Strike, Rents

Shared Ownership Mis-sold, Watchdog Rules

The Advertising Standards Agency has ruled that adverts for shared ownership properties misled prospective buyers by leaving out essential information on costs, and failing to alert them to the greater risks associated with this product. We … understood that there were potential risks that existed with Shared Ownership which would not exist for those buying… Continue reading Shared Ownership Mis-sold, Watchdog Rules