PARTICPATION IS NOT REPRESENTATION
19/09/2010 9:30 am
There is tenant involvement in almost all SRLs. The landlords are requested by the governemnt to involve tenants and so it's not they are doing because they like it -
But tenant involvement DOES NOT mean there is tenant representation.
INVOLVEMENT and REPRESENTATION are 2 different things.
Involvement/participation means you can participate in one way or another but you have NO POWER because you are getting involved by personal choice, and you can contribute as much or as less as you like. And you are there until you are convenient for the landlord to have you there.
REPRESENTATION means you have been elected, given a mandate to represent tenants and you have the legal and moral authority that comes with any democratic election (as a parliamentary or councillor or trade unionist). The landlords cannot dismiss you at their liking. The only ones who can dismissi you at the next election are the tenants that elected you.
There is a lot of tenant participation but THERE IS NO TENANT REPRESENTATION.
Until tenant do not have a system where they are all given the chance to elect democratically their representatives the landlords will go on getting away with murder, by passing off participation as representation, which is the greatest con against social residents.
Do not fall for it and fight for 1 TENANCY 1 VOTE!
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19/09/2010 9:59 am
I agree with you Kass not only am I Elected Committee Member and due to staff at the housing association un minded me.
I went around and got the tenant's to sign a Petition and then they the Housing Associatioin came back we only deal with Indivual's. SO I went out again and got them to re sign has a body/group. Again the Housing Association we will not accepted until we get confirmation in writing from the Tenant's. I agrue just check the tenancy agreement. It held up thing's for month's.
When I was about to take legal actions. The team at the Housing Association came back with a letter telling me I was badging Tenant's.
Do not think ever if you are a Elected Committee Member or a Formally appointed spoke person they will not un mind you.
They will do everything in its power to stop you.
I am no quitter!
19/09/2010 10:09 am
Folk - do what I have done sign up to membership of TARO Tenant and Resident Association UK - Michael is a great man and a special deal on membership at the moment or with Sheltering sign up to The Sheltering Homes UK J Yarker
Get the people who know - help us fight our rights
I hope that Inside Housing let both organsation put a Article to encourage all Tenant's to sign up to membership