At a meeting of Tower Hamlets Council last week, Labour Councillors won a victory for Tower Hamlets Homes leaseholders in their ongoing battle over huge major works bills. Cllr John Pierce introduced a motion calling for a new deal for leaseholders. The motion was passed.
This builds on Labour’s success at a meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny meeting in March, where Jamie Carswell, THH Director of Investment, agreed to a Labour request to conduct a review of how THH deals with leaseholders and to relaunch its relationship with them.
Labour councillors have been campaigning for a ten year repayment plan to be available to leaseholders, some of whom have been faced with repaying up to £40,000 within just one year.
Labour, led by Rushanara Ali and Jim Fitzpatrick, has been calling for a new deal for leaseholders:
1. Extend the current repayment period for major works from 12 months to 10 years;
2. Provide much greater transparency on all charges and proposed major works;
3. Adopt a pro-active approach when responding to, engaging with and consulting leaseholders
Cllr John Pierce, of Tower Hamlets Labour Group, said:
“I welcome the fact that this council motion was passed. After efforts from Labour councillors, Rushanara Ali and Jim Fitzpatrick, the Council is now discussing extending the current repayment period for major works.
Councillors frequently receive complaints from leaseholders about the performance and transparency of Tower Hamlets Homes. We need a fundamental change in THH’s approach to engagement with leaseholders.
The Labour Group is now working to ensure that these changes are actually brought about by Mayor Lutfur Rahman.”
Cllr Rachael Saunders, Leader of Tower Hamlets Labour Group, said:
“The Labour Group has passed this motion calling for a new deal for leaseholders, but the power lies with the Mayor to make improvements. Tower Hamlets Homes must improve on communications and transparency and on managing their contractors. Mayor Lutfur Rahman must act now to resolve these issues.”