Leaseholder poll – How can council improve their relationship with you?

When Leader of the Council Richard  Watts came to the Islington Leaseholders’ Association meeting at the Town Hall on February 12th, 2014, he spoke of the need  for an entirely new council/leaseholder relationship, based on working together.With this in mind, your thoughts and input would be appreciated.

Leaseholder poll Please tick 3 boxes then press vote  button below

In which three ways do you think your council landlord could most improve their relationship with you?

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If you think the council should be doing something more important for leaseholders than the suggestions above, tell us publicly on comment form below, or privately via the contact form and we may ask the council about it and/or add it to this poll, or flag it for future discussion.

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ILA Meet 9th April 2014

Islington Leaseholders Association Meeting
on
Wednesday 9th April 2014
in
Islington Town Hall
at
7pm – 9pm
Hosting the meeting: Dr Brian Potter Chairman ILA
Guest Speaker: TBA
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If you wish to join or renew your membership please contact our website www.ila.org.uk where you can obtain the appropriate membership forms.

Leaseholders may be charged £1300 per year + to pay other council bills?

Islington Council have been recently been formulating the  LBI ‘Housing Asset Strategy’ – which is Islington Councils 30 year programme for us all.
 In  clause 7.2 LBI estimate they will be spending “£39m + inflation” every year on housing work, so leaseholders 1/3rd share would be approximately £13m + inflation bills between 10,000 leaseholders = £1300 every year + bills !!
Quite a lot of the report is  nothing to do with ‘housing’ although they have clearly stated the ‘Housing Asset’ part will be used to fund it.
If any Leaseholders ( particularly those with specialist knowledge debt finance/ accountancy ) have any comments on how the proposals in report  might impact leaseholders, the ILA would like to hear from you.

 

LEASE – Presentations, Appointments, Workshops 03.04.14

The LEASEHOLD ADVISORY SERVICE is holding its Annual Conference in London on 3 April 2014.The same evening, LEASE are hosting a free event exclusively for leaseholders. Delegates will have the chance to hear presentations from experts in the sector and participate in a series of workshops on leasehold issues. One-to one appointments with advisers from LEASE will also be available. This is a FREE event, but all attendees must pre-register to gain access. Click here for more information and registration details.

Do you need advice now? Please complete our enquiry form, or telephone on 020 7383 9800.

Council meet to ban Partners Resident Forum?

Council  meet  to ban Partners Resident Forum?

The ILA voted at their AGM to totally boycott the Councils new Residents’ Improvement Taskforce  and therefore its scrutiny panel) process…as it is un-democratic and un-representative of leaseholders in the borough.

It  look like Islington Council are now trying to do away with one of the few remaining structures of the  pre-Residents’ Improvement Taskforce system, that is the  unpaid volunteer “Partners Resident Forum” (which improves service for Partners Leaseholders & Tenants)  because the PRF shows some independence of Council.

The Council is starting this process by imposing new rules and regulations for spurious  reasons on the forum, without providing any evidence for its alleged issues to, or  allowing any democratic debate by the forum.

These  undemocratic changes  may be formalised  without involving the Forum, at the  following council meeting this  Thursday  13th March, Town Hall committee room 4 @ 6pm.

Please attend, bring friends,they do not have to be in Partners properties,  just those whom object to these changes not coming to the Forum 1st, or the undemocratic way the  council is trying to rush this through, without informing Partners tenants & Leaseholders!

Residents’ Improvement Taskforce arrangement update report Download  

Update:14.03.14 – Thanks to everyone that attended,  The Council are rescheduling any decision for the moment. We will need to wait to see what happens in the future.

 

ILA meet Wed 12th March 2014

Islington Leaseholders Association Meeting 
on
Wednesday 12th March 2014
in
Islington Town Hall
at
7pm – 9pm
 
Hosting the meeting: Dr Brian Potter Chairman ILA

Guest Speaker: Two solicitors from “LEASE” organisation will be giving a presentation on the latest lease extension procedures and outlining the new remit of the LVT. 
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If you wish to join or renew your membership please contact our website www.ila.org.uk where you can obtain the appropriate membership forms. 
 
Please impress upon any other leaseholders that it is in their interest to attend these meetings regularly…
Dr Brian Potter Chairman ILA has asked me to forward onto you all this Leaseholders letter in the Islington Gazette, Thurs, Feb 27, 2014 –  Please see below to view at your convenience [1] Why not withhold PFI payments?
 
Dr B.S. Potter Chairman ILA
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[1]

Islington Gazette,

Thurs, Feb 27, 2014

 

Council housing

Why not withhold PFI payments?

“[It] seems to be a pretty unsatisfactory contract,” “We’ll see what our options

are,” “We need a plan of management” and “We want to be transparent whenever

possible” (!) Cllrs Richard Watts and James Murray (housing) were speaking

about the council’s PFI (private finance initiative) housing-management

contract with Partners at a recent angry town hall meeting with council

leaseholders.

 

The council isn’t only an estates’ landlord. The PFI is the two-part contract under

which the majority of the borough’s 6,500 street properties are managed – many would say mismanaged.  It doesn’t expire until 2033, by which time it will have cost the general taxpayer upwards of £720 million – some estimate about £1billion, allowing for interest payments incurred over its lifetime.

 

Bad enough? Now for the alleged sting in this nasty scorpion’s tail: “There’s ‘an eight-digit financial penalty for ending that contract.”

 

So here we have it – “We wouldn’t sign that kind of contract now,” but it’s too expensive to cancel. Who, one wonders, is advising the council?  This is money paid by all Islington taxpayers, not only residents of the council’s freeholds.  As for political will, where were the dissident voices when Gordon Brown was pushing PFI?

 

Ironically, the question to which Cllrs Watts and Murray gave the above answers wasn’t about the lifecycle of the contract – though searching questions need to be asked about that – but the suspension, on grounds of breach of contract, of the monthly payments by which Partners receives its guaranteed PFI monies.

 

Since Cllr Watts agreed that it’s “pretty clear” that work carried out by United House,

“particularly in the first round” of the contract, was “not good enough” – there was, “frankly, some pretty shocking work” (he should see some second-round examples) – why is the council refusing to consider withholding such payments?

As the questioner asked, how can a contractor (Partners) “fail to deliver with such impunity?”

 

If, as was stressed at the meeting, Islington wants to be a “responsible landlord”, the politicians will have to go further than this.

Meg Howarth,

Ellington Street, N7