• Argent, stick to your promises on Kings Cross Social housing!
    When planning permission was agreed in 2006, the levels of affordable and social housing on the vast Kings Cross Central site in Camden and Islington were not high enough. The agreed numbers of social-rented and other “affordable” homes in the plan only added up to 40%, a great disappointment to local communities who had fought for at least the 50% target set by Camden’s own Plan and by the Mayor’s London Plan. Now the developers are forcing the councils to accept an even lower amount - just 33% - claiming they can't afford to subsidise housing associations to buy the homes after government grants for social housing were reduced. But as recently as autumn 2014, Argent’s Robert Evans introduced a report by the Centre for London saying proudly: “Argent makes places for people. … Our current largest project is the redevelopment of King’s Cross, where we are delivering 2,000 new homes; 40% of the residential is classed as affordable in tenure.…" We are calling on Argent to stick to their original promises and top up the subsidies for the missing social housing themselves, so that our communities get the homes they were promised. Kings Cross is surrounded by some of the most overcrowded families in London, and Camden Council has more than 25,000 households on its housing waiting list. Other community facilities including a nursing home have also been removed from the legal agreement governing the site, and the savings made, along with extra profits from the recently increased overall amount of housing, could easily pay for the homes we need. We can't afford to let big developers back out of their agreements and so we are asking Argent and their Kings Cross Central Partnership to keep to their word.
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  • A Living Rent for Scotland
    Rents in Scotland are out of control. Scottish private tenants – those who rent from a landlord or letting agent - have the worst protections against eviction in Europe. Tenants are being forced into poverty, while house prices and a lack of social housing means there’s no alternative. Rent controls are the norm in most of Europe and were used in the UK until the 1980s. Landlords claim that rent controls would drive up prices and cause housing shortages, but this isn't the case in countries like Germany, France and the Netherlands. Moreover, some tenants are evicted because the landlord doesn't want to do the repairs they've asked for, while others worry that a bigoted landlord may evict them because of their beliefs or sexuality. We want the Scottish Government to: 1. Bring rents under control: Introduce rent controls that ensure rents are set at affordable levels, and that increases don't force tenants into poverty. Rents should be determined by the quality, size, location and facilities of the home. 2. Protect tenants from eviction: Get rid of the 'no-fault' ground for eviction, so that tenants cannot be evicted unjustly. Ensure that all grounds for eviction are 'discretionary', so that a tenants circumstances are taken into consideration.
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  • Stop discrimination against those receiving Housing Benefit
    People who are in receipt of housing benefit or other benefits should not be treated differently from others. Perfectly responsible people in need of housing are being turned away by estate agents simply because they are in receipt of benefits. This does not mean they are any less worthy of being allowed to rent property. Being in receipt of benefit does not mean a person is more likely to default in payment or to wreck a property.
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  • Stop the sale of housing association housing
    In the first place, it advantages folk who are paying far less rent than those who have to rent in the private sector. They should not then be able to buy the houses at a cut price, while reducing the stock of affordable housing. It isn't as if we have an oversupply of such housing and it really isn't fair! People in affordable housing should use their advantage to save a deposit and buy on the open market, like everyone else has to do which would free up their housing association house for those who need it. We need more affordable housing not less. We have families in bed and breakfasts.
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  • More affordable homes not housing association right to buy
    The number of people living in social housing in this country is in decline. As waiting lists continue to grow, more and more people are being forced into private rented housing instead. This is leaving thousands of families and vulnerable households without a suitable home. There are more than 1.8 million households waiting for a social home – an increase of 81% since 1997. Two thirds of households on the waiting list have been waiting for more than a year. Nearly 41,000 households with dependent children were living in temporary accommodation at the end of December 2012. (Information from Shelter - England) A secure, affordable home is essential to all aspects of well being - economic, social, health (both physical and psychological) and especially for those who are vulnerable because of age, disabilities or other challenges. A wealthy country like the UK can benefit from building social and affordable homes and move away from focusing on home ownership for the few and profit for private landlords.
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  • Grant Beryl Larkin a lifetime occupancy of her static caravan
    If lifetime occupancy is not granted and Beryl's home as it has been for the past 20 years is removed or destroyed, Beryl will be forced to find alternative accommodation. At the age of 71 it is unacceptable for any Council to put a tax paying pensioner through such stress and suffering.
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  • STOP BRISTOL LANDLORDS MAKING A SINGLE MUM HOMELESS
    Jessica McLean is a single, working mum on a low income. Her landlords Jess Properties (no relation!), are trying to kick her and her two children out of their home so they can make more money. They’ve tried raising the rent once, ignoring proper legal processes. Jessica really couldn’t afford it but desperate to stay she agreed. But she did ask that they repair the leaking roof and drainage problems first. After they first pleaded poverty despite owning many houses in Bristol, she managed to convince them to sort the drainage and the roof. She was overjoyed. But despite agreeing to pay the rent increase, the very next day, a hand delivered letter telling her to leave landed on the doormat. Jessica says “I couldn’t believe it. I begged them to be allowed to stay.” But every time the answer was: “Regrettably the decision has been taken.” The landlords confirmed that she has always been “an excellent tenant”. This is just about money: they want to charge a new tenant 25% more. Last year Jessica was diagnosed with breast cancer. Things have not been easy for her recently and all she wants is a chance for a stable life for herself and her children. Jessica is a member of ACORN, the community union. We advised her that the eviction letter was invalid and supported her to stand her ground. On Tuesday, another Notice to Quit appeared on the doormat. They are determined to get Jessica out. She doesn’t know what the future will bring and is understandably very worried. But she is determined to stay and we are committed to helping her. A few weeks ago, over 12,000 local people called on CJ Hole to stop promoting exploitative rent increases in Bristol. Now Jessica is the victim of the same thing. This has to stop. We need proper regulation of this industry and rather than capping housing benefit, it is rents that need to be capped at a fair and affordable rate. 11 million people like Jessica rent privately across the country as local Council properties have been steadily sold off and house prices far outstrip wages. A third of our homes fail basic standards of decency and every year hundreds of thousands of us are evicted, often illegally, just for requesting basic repairs. Jessica just wants the opportunity to make a life for herself and her family. We need your help. Please sign this petition to support us and stop Jess Properties trying to evict Jess and her children. For more information on ACORN and our campaign, please visit: http://www.acorncommunities.org.uk/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/acorn.bristol
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  • Stop CJ Hole exploiting the housing crisis in Bristol
    An estate agent in Bristol called CJ Hole has been sending out letters to its landlord clients asking "Are you getting enough rent?" and "How do you get more rent?" The letter they are sending to landlords explains that "with rents increasing every week in Bristol, it is highly likely your property is due a rent increase.” It goes on to say that “the demand from tenants is far exceeding the number of available properties and we have never seen such a buoyant rental market." It doesn't once mention the rights of tenants. The letter shows how some estate agents and landlords are seeking to cynically profit from the housing crisis in Bristol at a time when inflation has declined to 0.3% and deflation is predicted. I think there is no justification for increasing rents at a time when prices are actually going down. In addition, real average earnings have fallen by 8% since 2008. Such predatory rental practices are an attack on low income people and threaten the most basic of rights – the security of a home to live in. Bristol's housing supply has been described by an official report as "in crisis." In 2013 just 60 affordable homes were built across Bristol Please sign this petition if you want CJ Hole to stop sending these letters to its landlord clients and if you want your next MP to support rent controls, giving more rights to tenants and building more affordable homes. If you have experienced a rent rise you believe is unjustified please post the details below. I.e. how much was it, was it in response to improvements made by the landlord, and any other points you think are relevant. If you have seen similar letters from other estate agents, please contact me. We will compile a list of all responses and use these as the basis for a later action/petition. Read the full letter below: https://s.bsd.net/38degrees/main/page/-/11096902_10153147467450900_147746140_n.jpg
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  • END CORRUPT MONEY IN UK PROPERTY
    When the world's most corrupt individuals and groups want to hide their stolen wealth, the UK can too often be where the money ends up. $946.7 billion was stolen from developing countries in 2011 alone, and countries like the UK can enable this injustice by offering the corrupt and their money a safe place to hide. One such place is our property market. We think it's likely that corrupt money in the UK contributes to a number of worrying trends at home, including raising average house prices, prioritising of luxury housing by developers and growth of 'ghost communities' of unoccupied houses. Public money intended for schools and hospitals overseas does not belong in a Mayfair mansion - and as the UK faces a housing crisis, the public deserve to know who really owns Britain. Foreign investment in the UK is not a bad thing, but anti-money laundering checks are being bypassed and there is growing evidence to suggest the UK property market is making a house a home for corrupt funds stolen from around the world. We are calling for the UK Government to establish transparency over who owns the companies that own property in the UK, to avoid the risk that our valuable homes are being bought by the world's most corrupt. The UK's facilitation of global corruption must end. Together, we can unmask the corrupt. -- UPDATE: Prime Minister David Cameron has said that the government will commit to: - Publishing Land Registry data this Autumn on which foreign companies own which land and property title in England and Wales - Consulting on ways to make property ownership by foreign companies much more transparent. - Examining whether there is a case for insisting that any non-UK company wishing to bid on a contract with the UK government should also publicly state who really owns it. We welcome the commitment, and we will continue to show our support for a Land Registry requirement that holds foreign companies intending to hold property in the UK to the same standards of transparency as UK-registered companies.
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  • A call for fair private rents, new social housing and secure tenancies
    Everyone needs a decent secure affordable home in which to flourish. We therefore call on Brighton and Hove Parliamentary candidates to campaign for the following changes, and to vote for them if elected: • Bring back fair rents - a “Living rent” (achieved by rent controls) • Protect private tenants with long secure tenancies • Institute registration of all private landlords to ensure minimum standards of fire safety, energy efficiency and a decent home standard for private housing • Abolish the Right to buy and lift borrowing ceilings and restrictions so councils can again build social rented housing • Link rents policy to affordability not the market • End discrimination against tenants on benefits
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  • Primary school bus service. Millbank and rosebank primary
    This is important because it would take a lot of pressure off parents and their children. It would also keep the roads safer as it would mean less traffic on the lochloy Road as buses would mean less cars.
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  • Local councils must stop confiscating homeless people's possessions
    Homelessness is an issue that can affect any one of us. It is getting worse and more needs to be done both nationally and locally. However, people living on the streets deserve to be treated with compassion, understanding and empathy and they most certainly DO NOT deserve to be demonised, vilified, persecuted or mistreated.
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