Leaseholders will be interested to know There has been a bit of a sea change in Brighton amongst the councillors and they recently refused the Housing Revenue Account budget for the next 3 years. There has also been another, yet another, scandal regarding overcharging and Mears . More here
Charge to leaseholders has nothing to do with the cost of the service we get
8 January, 2016
• ISLINGTON Council residential leaseholders are generally unaware that their service charge has not been calculated or apportioned according to the terms of their leases.
Council leases state that the service charge shall be apportioned by area, but the council has never properly measured the area of all its flats, so instead it decided to use what it calls bedroom weighting.
The High Court has decided that bedroom weighting is wrong, and that area should be used. The council is now claiming this High Court decision does not apply in most cases. I disagree.
The reality is that the service charge is just a pre-decided figure that the council wishes to recover from leaseholders, and has nothing to do with what the service provided actually costs.
For more information
Islington Leaseholders Association Meeting
Wednesday 13th January 2016
Islington Town Hall
7pm – 9pm
Hosting the meeting: Dr Brian Potter Chairman (ILA)
Guest Speakers: The following Partners Islington representatives will be attending the ILA meeting
Shaun Holdcroft, Director of Resident Services, Hyde HA
Steve Blake, Director, Rydon Maintenance
Clifford Yeend, Divisional Manager, Rydon Maintenance
Tom Irvine, Service Improvement & Engagement Manager, Partners
Michelle O’Toole, Communications & Complaints Manager, Partners
We will attend the meeting between 7pm and 8pm, and will give a short verbal presentation on the services we provide to our leaseholders and areas we are currently working on. Following this, we will be pleased to take questions from the group.
The ILA are looking for a ‘secretary’ to take minutes and distribute them regularly to all the directors and asks for a volunteer to undertake this essential part of the work, to assist with the smooth running of the organisation. If you are interested please leave a message here.
If you wish to join or renew your membership here