SHAC writes in The Big Issue on how housing associations need to do more for tenants hit by Covid-19.
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.
Does your Council plan to install sprinklers in its residential blocks?Waltham Forest Council does. It has committed a budget of £500k per year for 10 years to install sprinklers in the 64 blocks that it has identified as high-priority. Read more and see our template letter.
Read our report on the need to end HA evictions except in the most extreme circumstances, and the ongoing unsafe cladding scandal.
We are gearing up to oppose evictions if any are threatened after the courts reopen and calling on housing associations to waive the rents for those struggling financially as a result of the pandemic.
Our well-attended open meeting discussed tactics for opposing housing association evictions. We agreed a series of actions to help support tenants who face this threat, including through building networks that could be mobilised to prevent landlords from repossessing homes. We also pledged to support any rent strikes that develop.
The revelations in the recently leaked Bureau Veritas report into the Barking Riverside fire in 2019 demonstrates that once again, major housing associations have callously disregarded tenant and resident safety.
Representatives from SHAC have joined with Unite reps at Thirteen Group and the Unite Housing Workers Branch to call on the Housing Minister Robert Jenrick and others to meet over protections for maintenance staff during the Covid-19 outbreak, whilst allowing essential maintenance and inspections to continue.
“Me, my 15 year old son and our pets were all exposed to Asbestos fibres.” Our homes should not make us sick. Housing associations have no excuse for exposing tenants or the public to harmful materials, and must act swiftly and appropriately if there is even a slight risk to health and safety.