Charter, Complaints Procedures, Electricity Charges, Gas, Gas Charges, HA Service Charges, Housing Law, Optivo, Service charge fraud, Service Charges, Tenant & Resident Democracy

Optivo on Trial Over Service Charges

By guest writer, Samuel Kitney* The dispute with Viridian Housing, my original landlord, started in 2015 when I noticed that the service charge statement included a charge for gas that we do not have. The only gas in the building is used in the plant room to run the communal heating system and the commercial… Continue reading Optivo on Trial Over Service Charges

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Cash Injection No Cure for Unsafe Cladding

Government hopes that another injection of cash into the Building Safety Fund to address unsafe cladding will tamp down protests over fire safety. They are wrong. Bailing Out the Perpetrators Their fundamental problem is that pouring taxpayers’ money into such pots only bails out those responsible for creating the danger in the first place. It… Continue reading Cash Injection No Cure for Unsafe Cladding

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Associations Breach Rent Caps with Impunity

By guest writer Paul Burnham Housing associations have been breaking rent regulations all around London. If they are doing it here, they will be doing it everywhere, illigitmately generating of hundreds of thousands of pounds profit. Freedom of Information Act replies show that in one-third of boroughs, new Social Rents were set above the “Cap”… Continue reading Associations Breach Rent Caps with Impunity

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One Housing: Service Charge Review Too!

One Housing Group (OHG) has notified residents it is carrying out an internal review of its service charges. We have also been informed OHG are undergoing an 'In Depth Assessment' by the Regulator of Social Housing that has ben ongoing for several months. SHAC recently published a report into apparent sharp service charge practice across… Continue reading One Housing: Service Charge Review Too!