Comment on: Edinburgh tenants to pay for deliberate damage
Why is this newsworthy?
Comment on: Enough is enough
In his letter from Birmingham Jail in April 1963, Martin Luther King Jnr wrote, "The church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society."
Whilst he was talking about the Church's role in the Civil Rights movement I think we need to be asking those to whom we pay our professional subscriptions, "Do you wish to be remembered as a thermometer or a thermostat?"
That is, an organisation that merely accepts what the Govt. decides is appropriate or one that transforms and changes opinions and, by doing so, policies.
Comment on: Council consults residents on secure tenancies
"Under existing policies the council issues social tenancies for life, and allows a spouse or close relative to take over a tenancy if the holder dies."
At the moment it has no choice.
"It could offer fixed-term tenancies for a set number of years, and alter the rules on succession so that only a spouse or partner can take over a tenancy."
The Council cannot alter the rules on succession in this way - this has already happened thanks to the Localism Act. They can, however, grant additional rights to this if they so choose.
‘Government’s housing issues in the Localism Act are discretionary ....."
Some are and some are not.
Comment on: Law could be rewritten to enforce pay to stay
This thread is fascinating, and I do genuinely mean that. I have learnt more on housing finance from some of the postings on this subject than I have in all my years in housing.
Whatever your stance on the rights or wrongs of this policy the simple matter is that it will not work. It is simply unworkable and is just a non policy designed to excite the Daily Mail readers.
Comment on: Safe from harm
And here is the actual form
JamesD has not added any discussions yet.
Your partner needs to give notice to terminate the tenancy now and then the arrears will not build up anymore.
One important fact is that the Council might take County Court action for the arrears and obtain a possession order and judgement for the debt - in view of the debt I am amazed they have not already done this.
If they take this action your partner will have a County Court judgement against her name.
Give notice now, if it has not already been done, and then arrange to see the appropriate Housing Officer to discuss how the remaining debt can be paid off.
Posted in: please help me :(
Maybe the HA have been taking action, just not the action that the original poster wants. In many cases it is not possible to meet the needs of the complainant. For example, where they want a transfer or the alleged perpetrator evicted. Maybe the HA took action straight away and visited the party holders and maybe that's why there have been no furher incidents.
An earlier poster is also right that we all have to take some responsibility for our own actions and circumstances.
The stress being suffered by the original poster sounds horrendous but as with the rest of us there are choices. Stay and suffer the stress and depression or finsd somewhere else to live yourself. Before the, "why should she move when she has done nothing wrong brigade," start banging their drums apply some common sense.
We are all responsible to an extent for our own health and safety, it's not always someone elses job. I know what I would do in the circumstances. Life is too short.
Sarah, please think of yourself and move away from the situation you have found yourself in.
If ASB is happening regularly then you can involve the police and then the landlord and I am sure that action will be taken. As you live in a flat other people will no doubt have been impacted and they could join your case.
Any action for ASB does, however, take time and the ultimate decison rests with the judge, not the HA. Even if the problem persists and you go down this route your health is still going to suffer.
If what you really want is a transfer but the HA cannot provide one because of a lack of housing stock and excess demand what are you going to do. Look after yourself first, I know I would.
Posted in: Former non-dependant
It's entirely up to the landlord who is entitled to a joint tenancy. Social landlords would not ordinarily grant them in these circumstances but there is nothing to stop them doing so.
Just remember that as a joint tenant you are both jointly and individually responsible for all the conditions of the tenancy.
The HB reg you mention refers to non deps becoming joint tenants of their current property (as a way of not paying the non dep charge). If you move to a joint tenancy I am not aware of a reg. that would prevent HB being paid (subject to your incomes of course).
Posted in: succession of a unsuitable property
If you have lived in the house since 1974 there is a very good chance you will win as emotional attachment has proved to be a successful card to play.
Your success wil, however, mean that the housing provider is unable to help people who are looking for a bit more than somewhere they can become attached to.
By reconsidering and moving to another, smaller property, you would be helping both yourself and others. I suspect this is not something you are prepared to consider.
I doubt the housing provider is being selfish but is looking at the bigger picture. Can you say the same about ypurself? One person's win is another's loss.
If the policy of Peabody states their tenants can assign by way of exchange and the tenancy agreement supports this then he can carry out a mutual exchange with you.
I would suggest he approaches Peabody again and politely, but firmly, points this out to them.
Good luck to the both of you. The move is clearly in the interests of all concerned.