More than 400 tenants and residents have pledged to support rent and service charge strikes in protest at rent increases and extortionate service charge rises, which will coincide with further hikes in energy bills. The pledges were made by tenants and residents actively resisting sharp rises in housing costs which are threatening the affordability of… Continue reading Rent & Service Charge Strike Pledges Grow
Category: Waive The Rents
RPI Inflation Sets Shared Owner Rent Rises at around 14.6%
Announcement of the September 'RPI' inflation figure has sealed the rent rises that the majority of shared owners will be expected to pay. The RPI increase was confirmed by government as 12.6%, which translates into rent increases of 13.1% - 14.6%, depending on the formula used in the lease. Worst of Both Worlds Shared owners… Continue reading RPI Inflation Sets Shared Owner Rent Rises at around 14.6%
Freeze Rent & Service Charge Rises
SHAC and partners are demanding that government holds social rents, shareholder rents, and service charges at current levels. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSNxluzp168 Linda talks about the need to join SHAC in order to campaign on key issues like rents, service charges, and disrepairs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RB0C3zyb5JI Reb talks about housing association mission drift away from social purpose and away from… Continue reading Freeze Rent & Service Charge Rises
Boris – If You Want to reduce Housing Benefits, Cap Rents, Build Council Homes, and End the Service Charge Scandal!
One of the many things wrong with Prime Minister Boris Johnson's speech on housing was his analysis of the Universal Credit housing benefit element, and how much of this is being 'wasted'. SHAC agrees with the view that an unreasonable amount of taxpayer's money is being poorly used through housing benefit payments, but we strongly… Continue reading Boris – If You Want to reduce Housing Benefits, Cap Rents, Build Council Homes, and End the Service Charge Scandal!
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
Lambeth Council Sues HA Landlords
Poor repairs are regularly highlighted to SHAC, with tenants and residents feeling helpless when they try to get their housing association landlords to address them. This week, a group of tenants have successfully compelled their local council, the London Borough of Lambeth, to take three housing associations to court for the condition of their properties.… Continue reading Lambeth Council Sues HA Landlords
Eviction Ban Extension: A Safety Net of Gaping Holes
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick trumpeted last Friday that he was “helping to protect the most vulnerable renters” by extending the eviction ban. To recap, the first, and reasonably comprehensive ban was initiated in March 2020, then extended periodically. This makes it sounds as though provisions were simply rolled forward, but the reality is far different.… Continue reading Eviction Ban Extension: A Safety Net of Gaping Holes
G15: Time for Boards to Step Up!
The number of people infected by Coronavirus is now matching the first peak in May 2020, with around 6,000 new cases per day. Several local lockdowns are in place and government is daily adding to restrictions in movement. Yet absent is any reinstatement of the eviction moratorium, nor sign of housing associations utilising their considerable… Continue reading G15: Time for Boards to Step Up!
Let’s Get Tweeting!
by SHAC SHAC will be participating in the anti-evictions Twitter storm on Friday 18th September, an initiative by the South East Region Unite Community. If you know anyone with a twitter account please share this information too for a big twitter storm at 3pm on the day, let’s get trending: Three demands at 3pm No… Continue reading Let’s Get Tweeting!
I’ve Seen the Pain that Homelessness Causes
Jack, a homelessness worker and housing campaigner turned out for the three day protests opposing the lifting of the evictions ban in August. He spoke on why the eviction ban must be extended. https://vimeo.com/458310816 Jack speaking on the terrible harm caused by homelessness Video by Platform Films SHAC Chair Niall Mulholland Opposes Government plans to… Continue reading I’ve Seen the Pain that Homelessness Causes