Hi all. In advance of our meeting I thought I'd check if this was working! But also I'd like to suggest that we all record times and dates and keep any documentation of any harassment of members of our campaign. I have just had 'service charges' introduced and have been left to the mercy of a well-known corrupt company First Port. Gemini is threatened with a 25% rise in her rent (this year - it could be more next). I gather Peter Denton ha had the same.
Can we record it all here? Many thanks, Gaynor
gaynor How should we do this as the service charges are a huge issue
We might just need people to leave their email /contact so we can compile a list.?
Good idea, people can certainly post to this thread, and there is an option to upload docs, agree the more details people leave the better. Sorry to hear this, this must be very distressing, let's stick together
Yes I had a letter of an intended rent rise. It has to go through the fair rents officer. From what i understand my rent set level is actually about 10% higher than I am currently paying, which is set by NHH. It's a bit confusing but basically the rent is registered at a set level and it is then up to NHH is they want to increase the rent to that amount or lower. That can not set it higher.
So depending on weather the amount is agreed, which is 25% higher than my current rent and approx 15% higher than the registered rent, NHH can then decide to increase the rent the full 25% or set it lower. Hope that makes sense.
I have a couple of weeks left to have the outcome but will post once I have news. This has also happened to two other NHH secure tenants i know. My brother and good friend who is on one of the ListenNHH videos against the merger on the youtube channel.
Our block has had a service charge increase of around £20 a month for the 1 bed flats and almost double that for the 2 bed flats. This is apart from the 800% increase in cyclical maintenance costs. I would like to look into our Right to Manage but have not had time as yet. In my building I believe as leaseholders we can exercise this right as long as we have at least 50% agree. The only issue is we have to set up a ltd company and have directors and not sure anhone wants to take this on. Other buildings that have done this have slashed their service charge costs and have the right to choose who does the cleaning and maintenance etc.
Jiminey The right to manage is a fantastic thing if people are motivated enough to do it. The leaseholders who are suffering with the800% hikes might want to think about the time and effort they are having to put into fighting it. Maybe you could call a meeting and set up a committee? Lots of events for this kind of thing. How many hours have you spent fighting the hikes versus how many hours would you need to put in if you self managed. And how much would you save?