Clarion, Clarion Housing, Complaints Procedures, Damp and mould, Fire Safety & Cladding, Housing Law, Housing protest, Tenant & Resident Democracy

Clarion Board and Management Need Serious Repairs

It’s become a familiar story, but no less devastating for the victims. When Selma was offered a home exchange by her landlord Clarion, she went to visit their prospective new home in Wimbledon, south London. What she saw was a nice property, albeit cluttered and overfull as the sitting tenant clearly had a hoarding problem.… Continue reading Clarion Board and Management Need Serious Repairs

Complaints Procedures, Electricity Charges, Fire Safety & Cladding, Gas Charges, HA Service Charges, Housing Law, OHG, Riverside, Service charge fraud, Service Charges, Service Cuts, Tenant & Resident Democracy

One Housing Tenant’s Non-Payment Forces Service Charge Freeze

A tenant’s refusal to pay a 60% increase in service charges has forced One Housing Group (OHG, now part of Riverside) to freeze its service charges for 2022/23 on her estate. When Angela* opened a service charge leaflet from her landlord in February 2022, she was angered to find a demand for a payment increase of 60%. The service charge hike did… Continue reading One Housing Tenant’s Non-Payment Forces Service Charge Freeze

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A Christmas Social Housing Carol

A seasonal satirical offering from Carl Davis It was Christmas Eve and snowing heavily as Capital Quarter housing association boss Briona Arrowsmith-Wright tumbled out of the Bolt taxi and lurched up the steps of her Chelsea town house. She fumbled in the dark with the door keys to let herself in. The journey home from the… Continue reading A Christmas Social Housing Carol

Complaints Procedures, Damp and mould, Fire Safety & Cladding, Gas, Gas Charges, HA Service Charges, Housing Law, Regeneration, Rents, Service charge fraud, Service Charges, Service Cuts, Social Cleansing, Tenant & Resident Democracy

Damp and Mould: Gove’s Double Standards

Awaab Ishak died in 2017 in a home infested with mould which had a catastrophic effect on his breathing. His parents complained to their housing association landlord, Rochdale Boroughwide Housing (RBH), but the landlord repeatedly failed to address the causes. No-one in authority seemed able to force them to make the necessary fixes. Michael Gove… Continue reading Damp and Mould: Gove’s Double Standards

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ASB Injuctions: A Conveyor belt of Rough Justice

By Carl Davis Last Sunday the Bureau of Investigative Journalism published the findings of its investigation into the use of Antisocial Behaviour Injunctions ( ASBIs). Sent to jail for feeding the pigeons: the broken system of antisocial behaviour laws Their shocking report describes how mentally ill and other vulnerable people are being sent to prison… Continue reading ASB Injuctions: A Conveyor belt of Rough Justice

Complaints Procedures, Damp and mould, Genesis, HA Service Charges, Housing protest, NHG, Notting Hill, Notting Hill Genesis, Regeneration, Rents, Service charge fraud, Service Charges, Service Cuts, Tenant & Resident Democracy

NHG Open Letter to Board on Choice for New Chief Executive

When tenants and residents of SHAC's Notting Hill Genesis branch found out that chief executive Kate Davies was leaving her post, they decided to have a say in the qualities, experience, and priorities of the new leader. Many of those living in NHG homes consider Davies' tenure an abject failure. She has not provided the… Continue reading NHG Open Letter to Board on Choice for New Chief Executive

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Systemic Neglect in Social Housing

By Carl Davis Only in the prevailing twisted purely anti-liability driven corporate world of the UK social housing sector could a large supposedly 'social' housing provider fail to notice that a lone tenant had died, then leave her decomposing in her flat for almost three years, then characterise this horrific and terribly sad tragedy as… Continue reading Systemic Neglect in Social Housing

Complaints Procedures, Damp and mould, Genesis, HA Service Charges, Housing protest, NHG, Notting Hill, Notting Hill Genesis, Regeneration, Rents, Service charge fraud, Service Charges, Service Cuts, Tenant & Resident Democracy

NHG Tenants & Residents Choice for New Chief Executive

When tenants and residents of SHAC's Notting Hill Genesis branch found out that chief executive Kate Davies was leaving her post, they decided to have a say in the qualities, experience, and priorities of the new leader. Many of those living in NHG homes consider Davies' tenure an abject failure. She has not provided the… Continue reading NHG Tenants & Residents Choice for New Chief Executive

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Clarion Still Closed One Month On!

Angry tenants and residents of Clarion Housing Group got together at a SHAC meeting on Wednesday 13th July to agree a plan of action in protest at the ongoing systems outage at their landlord. For details, see Clarion Closes Down. Europe's largest housing association is approaching the one-month anniversary of a cyber attack for which… Continue reading Clarion Still Closed One Month On!

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Clarion Closes Down

Tenants and residents of Clarion Housing Group have taken to social media in droves to condemn their landlord for a lengthy shut down after a major 'cyber security incident' affected IT and telephone systems. Systems Down The already hard-to-reach landlord became even more difficult to contact from Friday 17th June. Email and telephone systems remain… Continue reading Clarion Closes Down