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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

Commercialisation, Fire Safety & Cladding, HA Service Charges, Health and Safety, Housing, One Housing Group, Repairs and Maintenance, Safe Homes, Service Cuts, Tenant & Resident Democracy

One Housing Passes the Buck for Financial Failings

Richard Hill became One Housing Group’s (OHG) new chief executive in 2017. Steve Douglas was appointed as Chair of the Board a year later. It took the pair just a couple of years to turn a pre-tax surplus of £82 million as at March 2017 into a deficit of £8.6 million in 2020. This shocking… Continue reading One Housing Passes the Buck for Financial Failings

Commercialisation, Covid-19, Housing, No Evictions, Waive The Rents

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

Commercialisation, Damp and mould, Health and Safety, Safe Homes, Sanctuary Housing

Sanctuary Shamed Over Unfit Homes

Look out for sneezing, a runny nose, inflamed eyes, skin rashes, asthma (breathing difficulties which can be fatal), and allergic reactions. All these symptoms can occur from contact with mould spores which develop in damp and poorly ventilated conditions, so could point to a problem in your home. These symptoms will most severely affect younger… Continue reading Sanctuary Shamed Over Unfit Homes

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Cracking Clarion’s Disability Discrimination

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

Hexagon Housing, Housing, Repairs and Maintenance, Safe Homes, Service Cuts, Tenant & Resident Democracy

Outsourced Repairs: A False Economy

Hexagon Housing spent almost £7m on repairs and maintenance in 2019, an increase of nearly 14% on the previous year. But does it receive value for money? Or is too much being squandered through outsourced sub-contractors? The landlord owns or manages around 4,300 houses and flats in south-east London. The organisation promises to deliver decent,… Continue reading Outsourced Repairs: A False Economy

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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!

Clarion Housing, Commercialisation, Complaints Procedures, HA Service Charges, Housing, Service Charge Strike, Service Charges, Service Cuts, Tenant & Resident Democracy

Clarion Compelled to Review Service Charges

Clarion Housing Group, the largest housing association in England, has been compelled to review its service charges after publication of SHAC's report into apparent sharp practice across the sector. Resident Involvement Officers have written to tenants and residents saying: Clarion are carrying out a review of our Service Charge management. We want to identify ways;… Continue reading Clarion Compelled to Review Service Charges

Commercialisation, Complaints Procedures, Housing, One Housing Group, Repairs and Maintenance, Safe Homes, Tenant & Resident Democracy

SHAC Victory – OHG Building Faults Fixed!

Repairs to Newham’s London Plane House, owned and neglected by One Housing Group (OHG) are now being completed after SHAC became involved in the case. It was originally reported to the landlord by tenants two years ago. We reported previously on London Plane House in Newham, where a lump of metal falling from an upstairs… Continue reading SHAC Victory – OHG Building Faults Fixed!

Clarion Housing, HA Service Charges, Rent Strike, Repairs and Maintenance, Safe Homes, Service Charge Strike, Service Cuts

Clarion Tenants Consider Service Charge Strike

What happens when attempts to get your housing association to make your building safe are unresolved after years, and engagement with them is torturous – what do you do? What happens when the helpline promises that someone will ring you back, but no-one ever does? When you are asked to explain your case in detail… Continue reading Clarion Tenants Consider Service Charge Strike