Good news for Leaseholders from Tower Hamlets Council
and some progress with Eastendhomes
EEHLFA – Deputation to the Council and to Eastendhomes Main Board.
At the Tower hamlets Full Council meeting on the 27th January, all Councillors voted to support a call to urge Eastend Homes (the Registered Social Landlord or RSL) to recognise the Eastend Homes Leaseholders and Freeholders Association. Cllr Tim Archer put forward the original motion calling on the Council to support the group, and the Council heard a deputation led by Gloria Thienel (Chair EEHLA & Interim Vice Chair EEHLFA) explaining the treatment she had received at the hands of Eastend Homes, her social landlord.
Jan Anstey Hayes – Interim Chair EEHLFA also spoke and Andrew Coles from the THLA was there along with supporters in the public gallery.
On Thursday 28th January the Group presented their case to the main board of Eastend Homes – they await the outcome on their call for recognition.
From the Council Website
11.4 Motion proposed by Councilor Tim Archer regarding East End Homes Leaseholders and Freeholders Association
Councillor Marc Francis moved, and Councillor Lutfur Rahman seconded, an amendment to the motion to delete text after “This Council notes” and replace with text as tabled at he meeting. This was agreed and the substantive motion as amended was then agreed as follows.
- East End Homes is a resident-led housing association, with six tenants and two leaseholders on its Board
- East End Homes took on some of those council estates suffering most from the historic under-investment in council housing
- East End Homes has been assessed as being a Two-Star “Good” organisation by the independent Audit Commission
- The dissatisfaction expressed by some leaseholders and freeholders of East End Homes
- The formation of the borough-wide East End Homes Leaseholders and Freeholders Association (EEHLFA)
- That East End Homes is committed to working to establish a constructive relationship with EEHLFA and has invited representatives to its Board meeting on 28th January
This Council believes that:
- Genuine engagement, transparency and accountability are the key to achieving a high quality housing management service and improving Value for Money for leaseholders and tenants alike
- Democratically-elected local Estate Management Boards are an essential component of the governance arrangements at East End Homes
- A good working relationship with other groups set up to represent residents of East End Homes would be a positive step forward
- Increased involvement with EEHLFA would help address the concerns of some of East End Home’s freeholders and leaseholders
This Council therefore resolves to:
Encourage the Board of East End Homes to recognise the EEHLFA through an agreed Memorandum of Understanding with that organisation and work positively to resolve leaseholder/freeholder issues.
Some background information
- EastendHomes now manages 3,500 Tower Hamlets homes
- 1,400 belong to leaseholders – that’s 40%!!
- As investors, and together with freeholders, we have a stake in our estates worth between 250 – 300 million pounds
- EastendHomes is relying on leaseholders to come up with our share of the multi-million pound costs of repairing, refurbishing, improving and regenerating our estates
- Decent Homes standards and Stock Transfer promises to Tower Hamlets residents can only be achieved by Social Landlords working in partnership with leaseholders
- The other RSL’s formed by the Council recognize this & they have specific, elected leaseholder representatives and consult formally with recognized, representative and accountable leaseholder steering groups on issues of specific relevance and concern to leaseholders
- EastendHomes does not – EastendHomes Leaseholders & Freeholders Association has been formed to fill this gap in the governance structure of EastendHomes, which is causing leaseholders increasing dissatisfaction and alarm
- EEHLFA will provide the structured, well-organised and accountable leaseholder group EastendHomes currently lacks and that is the only way to ensure a constructive dialogue and collaborative partnership with its leaseholders