Tenants and residents of Tower Hamlets Community Housing (THCH) have begun a campaign to fight back against appalling service charge rises amounting to 100% on the previous year in some cases. No valid reason has been provided by the landlord as to why such a hike is being threatened. The most recent shock relating to… Continue reading THCH: Drop the Service Charge Hike Now!
By guest writer Carl Davis Former sector leaders are now rightly demanding that more must be done to stamp out racism in social housing (Social Landlords accused of inaction on racial harrassment, Inside Housing 07/02/21 ). But while there 's at least finally some renewed focus on acknowledging and addressing racism in the sector, its… Continue reading Look Who’s Talking: Mental Health Disability and Housing Associations
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
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
By guest writer Fiona Downs I became a Clarion tenant via a mutual exchange in 2019. Before the move, I notified Clarion I was registered disabled and would require adaptations to be able to function in my home just like anyone else. I also explained that I care for an autistic family member. My housing… Continue reading Cracking Clarion’s Disability Discrimination
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!
By guest writer Sue Morton Several years ago, sick of the service we were getting from the Heating contractors used by Affinity Sutton, I set up a Facebook group for other tenants to share their stories about them. It wasn’t a very big group but it was effective and we eventually got on BBC South… Continue reading Clarion Tenants’ Complaints Group Gathers Strength
Campaigners from various housing pressure groups, tenants, residents, and housing workers assembled in front of the iconic Royal Courts of Justice to protest on Sunday 23rd August, originally planned as the final day of the eviction ban. Their anti-eviction protest went ahead despite an eleventh-hour extension of the eviction ban - a stay of execution… Continue reading Campaigners vow “We’ll be back when courts reopen!”
Each chief executive of the G15 group (London's largest housing associations) has received a letter from SHAC (see below) calling for the landlord to agree rent and service charge waiver for those hit economically by the pandemic. See the template letter and replies.
The London Evening Standard printed part of our letter in its comments section on Thursday 9th July. Read the full text.