FAO Peter Gruner, Islington Tribune
Many of Islington’s residents, will I am sure, be somewhat confused by the continual reference within HFI latest newsletter to “HFI’s tenants” ”Our tenants” “HFI’s estates” “Our customers” etc, therefore as the chairman of the Federation of Islington Tenants Associations (FITA) I feel the need to clarify HFI’s official position with regard to Islington’s housing stock.
Although HFI would, I am sure, wish otherwise, they currently exist within this borough as a company wholly owned by LBI, and as such they do not at this present moment in time, to my knowledge, actually own any property under their own name, including their main offices at Highbury House, or any other premises associated with this borough’s council housing stock.
HFI were originally imposed upon Islington as a management vehicle to facilitate the council’s implementation of the governments Decent Homes Initiative, and as such were, and remain, employed by Islington council simply as a management agent, at an annual cost to the borough to the order of approximately £54 million pounds.
It should be noted, that whilst our homes remain the property of Islington council the tenancy agreements are securely protected under statutory provision, However, should this situation alter as a result of any form of stock transfer our legal position would be changed to that of a lesser, assured tenancy, which provides merely a contractual degree of protection.
Therefore, since Islington council are still the freeholders of our homes, those of us who reside in council owned property legally remain tenants of Islington council, and any and all attempts by HFI to alter our perception of this fact by continual corporate re-branding of council properties must be resisted at all cost.
So—please refrain from referring to HFI as your landlord, in any shape or form, and insist that HFI always refer to you as tenants of Islington council.
Chairman, Federation of Islington Tenants Associations.
Chairman, Islington Leaseholders Associations