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In Nov 2007 Chiltern Hundreds Charitable Housing Association/ Paradigm took over management of Lea Bridge House, residents were given only 2 days notice from the former management re a change of management.
Mentioned in the minutes at a residents meeting were works were needed to bring the building back to Health and Safety Standards were required. In March residents were notified of an increase from £75 to £129.95 that would come about in April. the building was undergoing major works, yet an extortionate increase of 73% was too much for a room in hostel accommodation with shared facilities.
Some residents took this up with the Fair Rent Assessment Panel and Rent tribunals (others feared being evicted), with success, finding that the rooms were £75 / week. However what took place next was that CHCHA / Paradigm decided that they would use section 21 notices to evict those seeking out their rights, and whilst they've managed to evict many of those seeking out their rights, their policies for those willing to pay only £75 / week as stated by MP Neil Gerrard as contradictory.
Here are the results from the rent assessment panel:
In this time the building had still not reached Health and Safety standards, the kind of inconvenience it created for residents is unthinkable, not to mention there was no mention of asbestos removal until Manager Valentina O'Connell had to write a letter to council and send a copy to a resident as part of a request by Councillor Ahmad on the type of repairs done to the building.
(just a reminder that legally you wouldn't be able to rent out a property below Health and Safety Standards, much less charge inflated rents for it) However somehow Housing Associations get away with this kind of behaviour, they seem to be above the law.
The residents believe this increase not only extortionate but also embezzlement of public funds.
The management of Lea Bridge House have used bullying, blackmail, they tamper with the royal mail, and intimidation tactics using fictitious rent arrears to bully tenants to no end.
Since many residents are on housing benefit and so the local council accepts these increases on the Housing Associations behalf. And there is also a shortfall i.e. Housing only pays up to £119, and the remainder must be paid by the claimant. (this satisfies 2 purposes, it means that claimants are always in arrears and that local council doesn't need to rehouse them technically)
These Housing Associations are being criticised for not providing what they were intended to provide which is affordable Housing. (and have a policy of increasing rents on a yearly basis as well as evicting people or making them homeless,and this one in particular abuses section 21 notices (possession orders) i.e. they are a liability to the taxpayer. This Association received in excess of £35 million in government funds and grants for projects. And has a property portfolio valued at £635 million.
There is a similar hostel accommodation Lea Bridge East (run by the Inner London Group)which charges £416/ week to it's residents. Council allows them £400 in taxpayers money for housing benefit claimants and no one says a word about it.
Head of Council Councillor Clyde Oakes admits now that the council can stop these payments, if they wanted to, however he believes that these charges are fair compared to others in the area (He must be talking about Lea Bridge East) that charge much more. So what is stopping them from doing the right thing and stopping these inflated payments?
Maybe this building was another one of those £1 deals between council and Chiltern Hundreds Charitable Housing Association including a VAT return, have a look at this.
Just to remind you that they then use this equity to continue purchasing more properties and charge extortionate rents.
Our MP Neil Gerrard claims he can't do anything, but says hes doing he's best. Management and Executive Board of Chiltern Hundreds Charitable Housing Association with links to government spanning 30 years are not responding to requests from those who have written to them stating the rents were incorrectly served. With no mortgage taken out on this property apparently, it seems that homeless and the vulnerable are being used as scape goats to charge these increased rents to whilst they treat us the Taxpayers like fools.
Sara Cosgove from the WalthamForest Guardian and Yasmin Allen from Leyton Life have both written articles about some of the issues involving CHCHA / Paradigm.
Councillors Akram, Councillor Ahmad and Councillor Davies have known about about the situation in this building for sometime now and from the Head Councillors mouth it seems they can do something about the extortionate rent increases, but are choosing to avoid it.
To residents it seems that not only are Housing Associations a liability to the Taxpayer, but their connection to government is so strong one can't help but think that all this funding and money is being kept in the same pot, i.e. from Government to Government organisation. This is where our taxes are going, it's obvious that it's not there to help yourself or I for that matter.
Not only that, but this is also part of the reason property prices have gone up, due to the rent increases they charge, hence all this rubbish that there's not enough to go around is nonsense, the truth is they want to make big profits whilst they "Help" the people. And there is a lot of waste in this sector.
Housing Associations have become a liability to society and are a menace to the Taxpayer.
So this question is to you the Public. What do you think?
Do you believe this to be embezzlement of Taxpayers money?
London's Burning was a television drama programme produced by London Weekend Television and focused on the lives of Blue Watch firefighters.
While the station in the series was named Blackwall, which is the name of a small area in East London, the series was largely filmed around Bermondsey and Rotherhithe in South East London, and real local street names were often used.
It was broadcast between 1986 and 2002 on ITV. Near to the end of London's Burning it became more of a soap rather than focusing on the actual emergencys. This caused ratings to drop, and then finally the show was axed, the last episode being aired 25th August 2002.
The show aired nearly Twenty Years and then it just dissapeared. WE NEED TO GET IT BACK!
May 11th 2008
We will never give up faith in the best couple tv has ever offered, Lucas Scott and Peyton Sawyer.
"Thats me inside your head"
LUCAS: You know? I want to be here. I want to have everything with you. I want it all. I want us, Peyton.
PEYTON: But, the truth is, I want all the same things that you want, I do. And I want them with you
"Peyton is the best thing I have in my life I would not be here if it was not for her" - Lucas
" I am going to love you forever Lucas Scott" -Peyton
Lucas to Peyton-
" I would never shut you out of my life"
"Its Lucas and Peyton, its the way its supposed to be"-Brooke
"I always thought you'd marry Peyton." - Even Bevin knows they're TLA.
You and Lucas, you guys just make sense - SKills
"Your art matters, it's what got me here."
"And I didn't die. I couldn't die. Do you know why? Because I had to come back and look into those green eyes of yours and tell you I love you. I do. I love you, Peyton. You didn't push me away. I came back for you. No matter how long it takes, I'll wait for you." -Luke to Peyton
"But I'm with you Lucas, you know that. And I'll wait forever if I have to."- Peyton to Luke
"Hate to break it to you, but most guys aren't friends with their ex's.""Peyton's different."
"Lindsay, Peyton's got a big heart."
Haley- "peyton wasn't just another girlfriend"
L: Nothing will happen to you. I promise.
P: You`re always saving me.
L: Somebody`s got to.
"So maybe you're the one who confused, 'cause you didn't just happen to rescue her a few times. You didn't just happen to run back into school that day or save her from psycho Derek. Peyton happened to be there, but you chose to be there. So maybe you ought to think about that."
"It's always going to be there, isn't it - you and me." -luke to peyton
"In that moment my triumph was not a state championship, but simple clarity. The realization that we had always been meant for each other and every instinct to the contrary had simply been a denial of the following truth: I was now and would always be in love with Peyton Sawyer."
"It was more than just a comet, because of what it brought to his life. Direction. Beauty. Meaning. There were many who didn't understand, and sometimes he walked among them, but even in his darkest hours he knew in his heart that someday it would return to him. And his world would be whole again. His belief in God, and love, and art.
"I want to believe in it all again..music and art...fate and love, and I want to believe that I've made the right choices, and I'm still on the right path, and there's still time to fix some mistakes I've made....I guess I want hope." -P.Sawyer
Sometimes people write the things that they can't say. - Haley to Peyton
He loves you he's just scared - Haley
Stop hiding your heart Luke - Haley