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Mary Gardner

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  • Comment on: Demonstrators to fight soup run ban

    Mary Gardner's comment | 15/03/2011 11:07 am

    There is no doubt that more needs to be done to help homelless out of the hmolelessness trap. Homelessness is often a kind of choice - as with the well known baglady.
    But these are people with serious problems and they need REAL HELP not SOCIAL CLEANSING Which more or less is what "call me Dave" and his the con/lib maffia are planning.
    AND they are making even more people homeless with cutting bebefits in order to "clean"up london posh area.
    Well, "call me Dave" I recommend since you are a church goer that you go and reflect on what you are doing but then so much harm as been done in the name of god that it could make it worse.
    We need to support labour in order to influence them.

  • Comment on: Forced to move

    Mary Gardner's comment | 14/03/2011 6:16 pm

    Christopher, Haven't you got the wrong thread or am I missing something ??

  • Comment on: Coalfields cash drops

    Mary Gardner's comment | 13/03/2011 1:31 pm

    What is needed is good communication. Good communication with our labour representatives. Labour has its faults and the monstrous "nouveau riche" Tony Blair did not help its image. I know quite a few people who left labour because of Blair. They are now rejoining. We need to communicate with our local labour to inform them of what is wrong and have direct experience of it such as with me my horrendous experience with my Housing Association. My local labour MP has helped. I have had my local labour councillor coming to see me on the estate to see for himself what I had reported.
    My borough was con/lib now it has a labour majority in the council. I think this is the start of a new era with the Conservatives being seen more and more for what they are, a completely immoral clan with no respect for democracy and human rights.

  • Comment on: Coalfields cash drops

    Mary Gardner's comment | 13/03/2011 9:39 am

    Christopher, I don't get it,
    what has Milliband to apologise for in the miers strike?
    why cann't left supporters join the party?

  • Comment on: Associations face losing charity status

    Mary Gardner's comment | 12/03/2011 7:23 pm

    YES the charitable status of Eton & co needs to be challenged. YES.
    Go and have a look at Eton Wikepedia. They get charity funding at the expense of others.
    Cameron and co are such an immoral lot...look at George Osborne working out cuts for the lower classes whilst not paying tax himself through legal loop holes.

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    Mary Gardner's post | 09/03/2011 6:36 pm

    Rick, It is the same everywhere about getting people involved into looking into what in the end is in their own interest.


    Mary Gardner's post | 09/03/2011 5:14 pm

    From what I hear L & Q have a very bad reputation but they are not the only HA landlords in London who use and misuse their position as "Lords" of the land.


    Mary Gardner's post | 09/03/2011 5:09 pm

    Rick - Service Charges are not for ASB or new tenancy.  They are for Services provided such as (on the estate where I live which as 2 blocks)

    Estate cleaning, estate Gardening, Estate Staff Costs (ie their wages),Estate refuse disposal, Estate Service Materials.

    Block costs = Block fire equipment, block communal electricity, block sundry repairs, block door entry maintenance, block lift maintenance.

    Management fee, Insurance, Accounts certification fees, Reserve fund.

    as you represent leaseholders as well as tenants you should ask to see their paper work to see what is what.

    I am sure that tenants are as legally entitled as leaseholders to check what they pay for whether it is pooled in the rent or charged separately in a service charge and if they already pay general administration fees (for ASB etc) obviously they do not need to do so again.


    Mary Gardner's post | 09/03/2011 8:19 am

    I agree with you Rick if you already pay an admin charge in the rent and can prove it why pay again.

    Yes again the tenants need to see the records of the services they pay for and be able to question anything suspicious or obviously out of order. In my HA , amongst many things, we have been charged for a caretaker who is not there anymore. We have been charged £2000 for a repair which has not been done properly if done at all and which is a serious Health and Safety Hazards (roof could collapse) and there is more....and more...


    Mary Gardner's post | 08/03/2011 6:37 pm

    Leaseholders pay an administration charge and a share of all the expenses due to work done in the communal areas.

    Obviously it would also be fair if the tenants paid their share too.

    It is a shame that the details of the service charge included in the rent are not given. I would say that it is the tenants legal right to receive those details.

    From what I can see where I live the tenants not knowing what they are charged for repairs make them think they are not charged and hence of course do not complain if wrongly charged or overcharged.

    Leaseholders receive end of year details of what they have paid for. They can check the invoices and go to a leasehold tribunal if they have enough proof of being wrongly charged. The tenants should have exactly the same rights.

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