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

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Toxic Homes: The Lead Poison Threat

By guest writer Tim Pye "I feel so upset. So sad. So guilty. And first and fore-most so scared. My 18 month old son deserves so much more than to be lead poisoned. All I can do now that I have found the source is to eliminate it. And keep him away until then. And… Continue reading Toxic Homes: The Lead Poison Threat

Clarion, Complaints Procedures, Equality Act, L&Q, Staff Concerns, Tenant & Resident Democracy, Uncategorized

Housing Association Exec Pay Leaps Again

Inside Housing Magazine has reported on the rises in housing association chief executive (CEO) pay, noting that on average, basic pay rose by 2.32. There is no figure given to the average pay rises for the non-executive staff in the same organisations. Housing associations have also made substantial contributions to CEO pensions of 8.9%, although… Continue reading Housing Association Exec Pay Leaps Again

Clarion, Fire Safety & Cladding, Housing Law, Regeneration, Social Cleansing, Tenant & Resident Democracy, Uncategorized

Clarion’s Shame – Clare House Evacuation

Tenants and residents from Clare House, a tower block alongside lush parkland in east London, have slammed their landlord, Clarion Housing over woefully mis-managed – and still incomplete – evacuation of their flats. Following checks carried out after the Grenfell fire in 2017, Clarion became aware of risks to the safety of tenants and residents.… Continue reading Clarion’s Shame – Clare House Evacuation

Autism, Carl, Carl Davis, Carl Davis blog, Charter, Davis, Disability, Disability Charter, Equality Act, Health and Safety, Housing, Housing Law, L&Q, London & Quadrant, Safe Homes, Uncategorized

The Anatomy of a Reasonable Adjustment

By Carl Davis The Equality Act 2010 requires that employers and service providers like social landlords make 'reasonable adjustments' that will allow disabled people to access the same opportunities and services as non-disabled people. It also requires employers and providers to consider disability in everything they do and to actively anticipate the need for reasonable… Continue reading The Anatomy of a Reasonable Adjustment

Complaints Procedures, HA Service Charges, Newlon Housing Trust, NHT, Rents, SBHA, SBHG, Service charge fraud, Shepherds Bush Housing Association, Shepherds Bush Housing Group, Staff Concerns, Tenant & Resident Democracy, Uncategorized

Shepherds Bush Shambles

The executive of Shepherds Bush Housing Association (SBHA) have been condemned as "unfit to govern" by some employees and tenants horrified at the landlord's culture of mismanagement. Examples of failings provided to SHAC include incorrect service charge bills being sent to around 900 leaseholders over the last eight years. Among the estates affected were the… Continue reading Shepherds Bush Shambles

Charter, Commercialisation, Disability, Disability Charter, Housing, Neurodiversity, Regeneration, Tenant & Resident Democracy, Uncategorized

Not Welcome Here: The Social Housing Stigma

By Carl Davis Carl Davis reviews the report on challenging the stigmatization of social housing tenants in England, by Amanze Ejiogu and Mercy Denedo. The report sets out to fill the knowledge gap around the stigmatisation of social housing, and explain how and why people are judged negatively and even actively discriminated against simply because… Continue reading Not Welcome Here: The Social Housing Stigma

Complaints Procedures, Onward, Rents, Uncategorized

Onward Heads Downwards

Lisa lives in a property owned by social housing provider Onward Homes. She noticed that her rent seemed quite high, and wrote to the landlord to challenge it. Onward admitted that her property had been wrongly classified and that she had been overcharged on rent. They are arranging to refund the overpayment, going back to… Continue reading Onward Heads Downwards

OHG, One Housing Group, Staff Concerns, Uncategorized

OHG Leaders Slammed by Own Staff

One Housing Group (OHG) has been slammed in a survey conducted amongst its own staff. The organisation published the report internally and it showed just how low trust has fallen in the leadership of the organisation. Their survey said ... More than 40% of staff believe the organisation has no clear plan for the future;… Continue reading OHG Leaders Slammed by Own Staff

Covid-19, HA Service Charges, Service Cuts, Tenant & Resident Democracy, Uncategorized

THCH: Drop the Service Charge Hike Now!

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!