On Tuesday evening, Tower Hamlets Homes will be brought before the Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee to discuss their performance.
Many leaseholders across the borough have been sent bills for as much as £40,000 for works to their properties – all of which to be paid within 12 months. For most of these residents, these bills are simply too much to pay in such a short timescale.
Labour’s has been running a successful campaign to secure a new deal for leaseholders – including greater transparency, better engagement with residents and a fairer charging system.
Cllr John Pierce, of Tower Hamlets Labour Group, said:
“Tower Hamlets Homes has been asked to this meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee to explain their performance. Time and again, councillors receive complaints from leaseholders about THH.
Leaseholders deserve a new deal - including an extension to the repayment period for major works from 12 months to 10 years, greater transparency on all charges and a proactive approach when engaging with leaseholders.
It’s time for Mayor Lutfur Rahman to act to resolve these issues. Labour councillors are working with MPs Rushanara Ali and Jim Fitzpatrick and leaseholders to ensure that we get a new deal for THH leaseholders.”
Cllr Joshua Peck, Chair of the Overview & Scrutiny Committee, said:
“The Decent Homes programme should be a cause for celebration for THH residents, and it is for those who get good quality, timely works. But for a sizeable minority the work has been shoddy or delayed and leaseholders have been hit by huge bills. THH is an organisation that is doing good work and we want to hear from them about how they intend to make sure that this experience is shared by all residents.”
Cllr Rachael Saunders, Leader of Tower Hamlets Labour Group, said:
“The attendance of Tower Hamlets Homes at this committee meeting presents an opportunity for councillors to question them and raise many of the issues that residents face.
There have been strong concerns about the delivery of major works, particularly from households that are sent massive bills to be paid within one year. It is for the Mayor to change his policy to sort that out. Tower Hamlets Homes also need to improve on communications and transparency and on managing their contractors - one estate in my
ward has had the scaffolding taken down, but the estate is still a mess of debris and leftover equipment. This needs to change.”