Complaints Procedures, HA Service Charges, Housing Law, Rents, Service charge fraud, Tenant & Resident Democracy

Leeds Jewish HA: a Cause for Concern

Tenants and residents of Leeds Jewish Housing Association (LJHA) have contacted SHAC with a list of concerns about the trading practices of their landlord, including apparent conflicts of interest and a possible breach of financial protocols.    Residents are now considering what actions to take, but their concerns are symptomatic of a generalised lack of accountability… Continue reading Leeds Jewish HA: a Cause for Concern

Auctions and Sales, Clarion, Clarion Housing, Complaints Procedures, Damp and mould, Genesis, HA Service Charges, Health and Safety, Housing Law, Housing protest, Hyde Housing, L&Q, MTVHA, NHG, Notting Hill, Notting Hill Genesis, OHG, Onward, Optivo, Peabody Trust, Regeneration, Rent Strike, Rents, Riverside, Sanctuary Housing, Service charge fraud, Service Charges, Service Cuts, Shepherds Bush Housing Association, Shepherds Bush Housing Group, Social Cleansing, Staff Concerns, Tenant & Resident Democracy

SHAC Protestors Tell Gove: “Cut Rents & End Rip-Off Service Charges”

Representatives from SHAC together with housing campaign groups, trade unionists, and activists involved in local action assembled in central London on the 9th April. They sent a message to Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, that he needs to instruct landlords to cut their rents and end rip-off service charging. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8K3J2t6FADQ Watch our… Continue reading SHAC Protestors Tell Gove: “Cut Rents & End Rip-Off Service Charges”

Clarion Housing, Commercialisation, HA Service Charges, Housing, Housing protest, Rents, Service charge fraud, Service Charges, Tenant & Resident Democracy

Demand an End to Rip-Off Rents and Charges – Protest 9th April

The action is supported by the Unite Housing Workers Branch, Homes for All and Defend Council Housing SHAC is calling a protest at 12 noon on Saturday 9th April outside the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities, Fry Building, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF (map). The nearest tubes are Westminster, Pimlico, and Victoria.… Continue reading Demand an End to Rip-Off Rents and Charges – Protest 9th April

Clarion Housing, Commercialisation, HA Service Charges, Housing, Housing protest, Hyde Housing, L&Q, London & Quadrant, MTVHA, No Evictions, OHG, One Housing Group, Onward, Peabody Trust, Rent Strike, Rents, Riverside, Service Charge Strike, Service Charges, Tenant & Resident Democracy, Waive The Rents

Cut The Rents ~ End Rip-Off Service Charging

Tenants and leaseholders are sending a message to their housing association landlords: 'Cut the Rents and End Rip-Off Service Charging'. The message comes as a survey by SHAC revealed almost one quarter of respondents could not afford the rent rises being inflicted on them from April 2022. Around 85% will experience negative financial impact. Tenants… Continue reading Cut The Rents ~ End Rip-Off Service Charging

Commercialisation, Gas Charges, HA Service Charges, Housing, Housing protest, Hyde Housing, Rent Strike, Rents, Service Charge Strike, Service Charges

Hyde Hikes Rents

The first thing you notice about Hyde's email is a smiling woman, calculator in one hand, letter in the other. But many how of those receiving the emailed smiled on finding their rents would rise 4.1% from April? And how deep is their dread as they wait to find out how much more they will… Continue reading Hyde Hikes Rents

Commercialisation, HA Service Charges, Health and Safety, Housing, Housing protest, Rent Strike, Rents, Repairs and Maintenance, Safe Homes, Service Charge Strike, Service Charges, Tenant & Resident Democracy

City Point Resident Resistance

A group of leaseholders and shared owners in Brighton have rejected a ‘victim narrative’ and determined they will simply refuse to pay for cladding and other remediation work to their building. City Point Safety Breaches The City Point scheme in Brighton was built by Barrett Homes and incorporates 240 apartments. It was constructed just 20… Continue reading City Point Resident Resistance

HA Service Charges, Housing, Housing protest, Rent Strike, Rents, Safe Homes, Service Charge Strike, Service Charges, Tenant & Resident Democracy

Strike On!

In December 2022, SHAC held a public meeting on rent and service charge strikes. Rent Strikes - Then and Now The restrictions and economic hardship prompted by Covid has triggered rent strikes in Spain and amongst students in the UK. However, in Britain, rent strikes go back much further, as our introduction explained. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhKLeAv2RIs Taking… Continue reading Strike On!

Electricity Charges, HA Service Charges, Housing Law, Hyde Housing, Rents, Service charge fraud, Service Cuts, Tenant & Resident Democracy

Emma’s Story: Made Homeless by Hyde Service Charges

This week we interviewed Emma, a Hyde shared ownership tenant who will shortly hand back the keys to the Hyde flat she has lived in for 15 years. Emma will then become homeless. Emma has been driven out of her home - not by rising rents, but by extortionate service charges. One example is the… Continue reading Emma’s Story: Made Homeless by Hyde Service Charges

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