Leaseholder & Freeholder Open Day – Wed 15th October 2014

Come along to the leaseholder open day, and say hello to various ILA directors who will be there.

You can also  talk to Council, Mears, Partners, BreyerGroup about:

Your annual or major works service charges

Future works to your block or estate

Subletting or selling your property

Meet: LEASE – the independent leasehold advice service

Zurich Municipal – building insurance provider

St Mungo’s Broadway – for money and benefit advice

Credit Union – community savings and loans

Building Control – advice on building regulations

Find out more about:

Islington Residential, our property management service for leaseholders who sublet their property

How to have your say

Assisted switching service – assistance with changing energy supplier

on

3pm-7.30pm

Islington Assembly Halls

Upper street

N1 2UD

Invite

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 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
___________________________

[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

ILA meet Wed 12.02.14

Islington Leaseholders Association Meeting
on
Wednesday 12th February 2014
in
Islington Town Hall
at
7pm – 9pm
 
Hosting the meeting: Dr Brian Potter Chairman ILA
Guest SpeakerCllr Watts
New Leader of Islington Council
Twitter @ilaorguk
Volunteers wanted
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 log into http://www.ila.org.uk/faqs/contact-form.
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…
 
[1] Dr Potter has asked me to forward this link…. onto you all to view as a point of information.  Whistle-blower Mr Strong v Morrison’s & Mears.

ILA meet wed 8.1.14

Islington Leaseholders Association Meeting
on
 
Wednesday 8th January 2014
in
 
Islington Town Hall
 
at
7pm – 9pm
The ILA wish all our members & other leaseholders a happy new year and invite you to our first meeting of 2014.
 
Hosting the meeting: Dr Brian Potter Chairman ILA
Guest Speakers: To be advised
Twitter @ilaorguk
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.  
 
 

Spot checks have exposed appalling conditions in council homes

Islington Tribune Letters: by Meg Howarth – Published: 8 November, 2013

• POOR maintenance of Islington’s housing stock isn’t, alas, uncommon or confined to the borough’s estates(Homes repair complaints ‘rising’, November 1).

A group of volunteer housing campaigners carrying out spot checks on randomly selected street properties has exposed some appalling conditions.

Their findings can be seen in a series of photographs at www.islingtonpfi.org.

more here

 

Inspection of Islington Council Accounts until 26.7.13

NOW is your opportunity until 26 July to inspect key important documents such as contracts, bills, invoices or receipts etc, which may answer some questions you have about what you’ve been asked to pay for by Islington Council.  Below is the official Council invitation with all the details.  Many leaseholders have been pleased they’ve done so in the past and saved money from the knowledge gained.   Remember the questions is not ‘why’ (that’s for Councillors) but relating to 2012-13,  how much, when or request to see the relevant contract.

Inspection of Accounts

Audit of Accounts 2012-13
  • Audit Commission Act 1998, sections 15 – 16
  • The Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2011 Regulations 9, 10, 21 and 22
Each year the council’s accounts are audited. In line with the above Acts and Regulations any person interested has the right to:
  • inspect the accounts and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts relating to them and
  • make copies of the above (A charge may be made for copies).
The accounts for the year ending 31 March 2013 and documents will be available at the Council Offices, 7 Newington Barrow Way, London N7 7EP between 9.30am and 4.30pm on Mondays to Fridays from Monday 1 July 2013 until Friday 26 July 2013.
If you wish to inspect any particular documents please apply first to Mohammed Sajid, Chief Accountant, at the above address, call 0207 527 2574 or email Mohammed.Sajid@islington.gov.uk so that arrangements can be made. Please note: you may need to visit other offices to view some documents.
From 10.00am on 29 July 2013 until the end of the audit process, a local government elector for the area of the Council, or his/her representative, may:
  • ask the auditor questions about the accounts.  Please contact Mr Philip Johnstone, Director, KPMG LLP (UK) at 15 Canada Square, London, E14 5GL to make arrangements to ask any questions.
  • object to the council’s accounts asking that the auditor issue a report in the public interest (under section 8 of the Audit Commission Act 1998) and/or apply to the court for a declaration that an item in.

ILA meet Wed 10 July 2013

Islington Leaseholders Association

 Meeting

Wednesday 10th July 2013

Islington Town Hall

7pm – 9pm

Hosting the Meeting: Dr Brian Potter Chairman ILA

Guest Speaker:  TBA

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ILA AGM & meet Wed 12 June 2013

Islington Leaseholders Association

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

 and Meeting

Wednesday 12th June 2013

Islington Town Hall

7pm – 9pm

Hosting the Meeting: Dr Brian Potter Chairman ILA

Guest Speakers: Mr Nicolas Kisson (Chief Litigation Solicitor) and Mr Tom Frith (Solicitor) from ‘LEASE’ organisation, who will be giving a PowerPoint presentation on the NEW form, and procedures of the recently up dated LVT process.
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Twitter @ilaorguk

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ILA – volunteers wanted

The ILA is 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 the smooth running of the organisation. If your interested please log ontohttp://www.ila.org.uk/faqs/contact-form/

ILA meet Wed 08 May 2013

Islington Leaseholders Association

Meeting

Wednesday 8th May 2013

Islington Town Hall

7pm – 9pm

Hosting the meeting: Dr Brian Potter Chairman ILA

Guest Speaker: To be advised

Website www.ila.org.uk

Twitter  @ilaorguk

Face Book http://on.fb.me/mWzios

 

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.

 

ILA meet Wed March 2013

 

Islington Leaseholders Association

Meeting

Wednesday 13 March 2013

Islington Town Hall

7pm – 9pm

Hosting the meeting: Dr Brian Potter Chairman ILA

Guest Speaker: To be advised

Website www.ila.org.uk

Twitter  @ilaorguk

Face Book http://on.fb.me/mWzios

 

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.