Complaints Procedures, HA Service Charges, Housing Law, Housing protest, MTVHA, Service Charges, Tenant & Resident Democracy

Royal Mint MTVH Residents in Service Charge Strike Threat

Residents of a Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing (MTVH) estate in east London have threatened to withhold payment of service charges in dispute which includes a ‘missing’ £100,000 from the building’s sinking fund which they want refunded. Sinking funds are pots of money that residents pay into, exclusively reserved for any major maintenance or repairs needed… Continue reading Royal Mint MTVH Residents in Service Charge Strike Threat

Auctions and Sales, Housing Law, OHG, Regeneration, Riverside, Social Cleansing, Tenant & Resident Democracy

Victory for OHG Tenants in Regeneration Battle

One Housing Group (OHG) has been forced into a U-turn by a tenant and resident campaign group after it was referred to the Greater London Authority (GLA) over the proposed ballot of an estate in Camden. See additional notes for more detail on GLA balloting requirements. Gilbeys Yard and Juniper Crescent are a community of… Continue reading Victory for OHG Tenants in Regeneration Battle

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Ending Social Housing Stigma Together

By Carl Davis In their ground-breaking report Stigma and Social Housing in England, Dr Amanze Ejiogu and Dr Mercy Denedo looked at the nature and extent of the previously little understood stigmatisation of social housing. Those involved in the social housing sector in England, including politicians and social landlords, contribute to the construction of stigma.… Continue reading Ending Social Housing Stigma Together

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ASB Injuctions: A Conveyor belt of Rough Justice

By Carl Davis Last Sunday the Bureau of Investigative Journalism published the findings of its investigation into the use of Antisocial Behaviour Injunctions ( ASBIs). Sent to jail for feeding the pigeons: the broken system of antisocial behaviour laws Their shocking report describes how mentally ill and other vulnerable people are being sent to prison… Continue reading ASB Injuctions: A Conveyor belt of Rough Justice

Housing Law, Hyde Housing, Rent Strike, Rents, Service Charges

The Problem with Rent Deregulation

By Linda Waterman Problems with the de-regulation of rents and service charges first started in 1989 when social landlords in England (councils and housing associations) ceased to issue 'Secure', 'Fair Rent' and 'Regulated Tenancies', all of which afforded tenants a number of rights and safeguards. Limiting Social Rent Increases The change took place at around… Continue reading The Problem with Rent Deregulation

Auctions and Sales, Complaints Procedures, Disability, Electricity Charges, Gas Charges, HA Service Charges, Housing Law, Peabody Trust, Rents, Service charge fraud, Service Charges, Staff Concerns, Tenant & Resident Democracy

The Report that Peabody Didn’t Want You to See

The report that Peabody didn’t want you to see graphically details how Peabody (deliberately or through negligence) consistently overcharges tenants and residents on services, and then makes it almost impossibly difficult for victims to recoup the overpayment. Our leak was subsequently reported in the Financial Times. Read their article 'Independent panel finds Peabody Trust overcharged… Continue reading The Report that Peabody Didn’t Want You to See

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

Freeze Rent & Service Charge Rises

SHAC and partners are demanding that government holds social rents, shareholder rents, and service charges at current levels. The campaign is moving government. In August, the Department for Levelling Up announced that it will not raise social rents above 7%, and is more likely to set the cap at 5%, but we don't believe that… Continue reading Freeze Rent & Service Charge Rises

Complaints Procedures, Damp and mould, Housing Law, Regeneration, Social Cleansing, Tenant & Resident Democracy

SHAC Response to New Regulation Recommendations

A government select committee has today published its first report on the regulation of social housing which contains a series of recommendations to improve the experience of tenants and residents living in this sector. The report follows a government ‘Inquiry into Social Housing Regulation’ which included months of evidence gathering and a Parliamentary hearing. It… Continue reading SHAC Response to New Regulation Recommendations

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Little Rogue Landlords

By Carl Davis A lot of the recent shocking media coverage on disrepair in the social housing sector focussed on huge remote and faceless corporate providers like Clarion, L&Q, and Notting Hill Genesis. But this fails to capture the experience of people housed by smaller, rogue and failing social landlords. For example, Chantele – not… Continue reading Little Rogue Landlords

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Shooting the Messenger: One Housing Resident’s Victimisation

In the constant battle of attrition between tenants and residents, stories of how landlords harass those who complain abound. Like all bullying, it is an act of cowardice borne of fear, and a desire to silence dissenting voices. Disabled tenants and residents with mental health conditions are routinely accused of anti-social behaviour if they veer… Continue reading Shooting the Messenger: One Housing Resident’s Victimisation