Joe Halewood Sun, 20 Dec 2009 14:00 GMT
"...So keeping this on tenants 'rights' as Eva requested, its only when the impact of work undertaken by consultants affects tenants that their 'rights' kick in, and tenants have no rights to interogate their HA landlord on how it spends its money on consultants (or anything else or that matter) or what work any such consultants do for the HA. "
Exactly, HAs do exactly what they wish and there's very little tenants can do about it...
But tenants (and the whole british public) have certainly the right to say what they think HAs are up to.
And if these socla landlords do the wrong things (obviously would impact on tenants if they spend a huge amont of money and time on consultants and laywers and other initiatives, etc... this is either tenants money or public money being squandered) so someone somewhere has to control and check how their money is spent.
the problem tenants is that that any wrongdoings and misuse by social landlords is almost impossible to prove or impossible to take it up legally because there is no transparency and because tenants do not have the means to do so. In practice, even with all the regulations you might wish to quote, basically RLSs are laws unto themselves. After all what is good to have any right if you cannot enforce it.