Sunday, 05 July 2015

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  • Posted in: Cost to the State of the 3.3m social tenants on HB: £12B. Is this VFM?

    Sancho's post | 05/08/2010 6:08 pm

    That looks to be a figure from 2008, in which case you are forgetting the 427,000 people who left at the same time.  Per minute is obviously exciting, so that's 31% of a person per minute coming in. 

     It may be that 40% of them come here for work.  A significant proportion will be students.  There are also those that are married to (or are children of) people who come here to work.  Some of them will be here on some kind of working holiday and, hence, not working.  Maybe some of them are rich and retiring here.

    Migration is certainly a component of housing need, but it is hugely simplistic to say that it is the cause.  Right to Buy played a part, a shortage of developable land played a part, secure tenancies played a part etc etc.

  • Posted in: Cost to the State of the 3.3m social tenants on HB: £12B. Is this VFM?

    Sancho's post | 03/08/2010 10:20 am

    As we now appear to be in a room full of elephants, perhaps 'the right' could find a different cliche to use when demonising social housing. 

    Anyway, I can't speak for LAs and ALMOS, but I know that the cost of decent homes amongst many Housing Associations was met through the disposal of non-grant funded properties or through cross-subsidy from sale/market rent/shared ownership developments.

    If there are any disregarded pachyderms in whatever room it is that we're supposed to be in, it's the fact that in trying to improve people's homes by giving them all cheap kitchens, decent homes managed to significantly slow development and reduce affordable housing stock.

  • Posted in: discrimination

    Sancho's post | 12/07/2010 8:57 am


  • Posted in: discrimination

    Sancho's post | 09/07/2010 4:00 pm

    Yes, of course.

  • Posted in: Handing over tenancy?

    Sancho's post | 06/07/2010 5:06 pm

    You will get a serious and informed answer once one of the actual experts sees this thread.  They normally take a little longer than people who are bored at work or feeling like lecturing someone.

    My understanding is that there will be no problem at all moving your mother in, but that she cannot become a joint tenant or succeed to the tenancy if you move out.

    Why not ask your HA if you have the right to acquire your home?  That way, your mum could sell her house and use the proceeds to help you buy your flat so that you can do whatever you want with it.

  • Posted in: Chief executives' pay

    Sancho's post | 05/07/2010 1:45 pm

    Hi Kass, nice to see you back and ranting again.  What is my stand and where's the first bit of proof against it?

    I was just making the point that simply being from the mythical private sector does not make someone more able than anyone else.  I have worked in the private, public and voluntary sectors and not noticed any difference in the level of ability. 

    In Keith Kerr's case, he was a successful private sector executive, so you can't say he got into housing because of his previous failure. 

  • Posted in: Chief executives' pay

    Sancho's post | 05/07/2010 12:44 pm

    How did this two year old thread come back to life?  Anyway, two points. The first is that Anchor are largely 'private sector' hence Mr Belcher (who has now left) getting paid a disproportionately high salary.  Secondly, I can't give an example of an RSL CEO going into the private sector and being successful, but I can think of one coming from the private sector into the housing sector and being a disaster.

  • Posted in: Getting an Injunction against a Tenants/Residents Association?

    Sancho's post | 29/03/2010 3:40 pm

    There must be some kind of terms of reference and/or incorporation of the TRA. Those would set out what they can and can't do. Failing that, they would need to report back to the RSL and you should be able ask the RSL to intervene.

  • Posted in: Understanding a company default agreement.

    Sancho's post | 29/03/2010 9:01 am

    It doesn't allow the Company to 'decide' not to undertake the obligations, but means that they will not have action taken against them if they choose not to undertake them because it would cost too much. In short, they will not be pursued for failing to do something if they chose not to do it on the grounds of cost.

    It effectively puts the whole agreement under a blanket of exercising 'reasonable endeavours' rather than 'best endeavours'. I think we would all like to see that sort of clause, but I am a bit surprised a Council agreed to it.

    I think, in this case, it is important to note that the company is Poplar HARCA and that there are likely to be a number of other agreements that govern the relationship between the company and the Council. It may well be that enforcing the obligations under these circumstances would have repercussions elsewhere that none of us could know about.

  • Posted in: Housing Benefit

    Sancho's post | 22/03/2010 11:29 am

    This thread is entertaining. I'm glad to see we're on to Kass's feet now, and that my tax is being used for people to go to the doctor and then decide they don't want a diagnosis. I was wondering why I could never get an appointment.

    Anyway, back to the point, Gollygosh, the first question I would ask having assumed your assumptions is what the TSA and Ombudsman said.

    Regardless of that, the tenant has a contract with the landlord and in that contract is a mechanism for dispute resolution. This may be a formal process that is set out in the contract or it may just be that the contract is governed by the law of England and Wales and that the tenant is able to take steps under the law to resolve the problem.

    If they feel that they are paying for services that are not delivered, they should first read the contract to see if a process is set out. If not, they should visit a housing lawyer for advice on how the apparent breach should be remedied.

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