housing

You can see a video of the Haringey Housing Action Group letting agent community inspection on YouTube.

 

Eviction action successOn Tuesday 16 October, members of Haringey Housing Action Group successfully supported a family facing eviction.

Ms T, a member of the group and mother of three, is pregnant and about to be evicted from a private tenancy later in the month, just three days before her baby is due to be born. Ms T had approached Haringey Council to apply for emergency housing at the beginning of summer, but was told on repeated occasions that she would not be housed until the hour of her eviction. The fact that she was pregnant was not reason enough to offer her accommodation earlier. So she would have to wait for bailiffs to throw her out, before turning up at the council office with all her belongings, only three days from her baby's due date.

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No entry at Kings letting agentsHaringey Housing Action Group held an inspection of local letting agents to draw attention to high rents, short-term tenancies, discrimination against housing benefit claimants and high administration fees.

On Saturday 6 October, a team of Community Housing Inspectors took a tour of local letting agents along Green Lanes to investigate their practices. About 20 people took part in the inspection, asking letting agency staff about their company policies, including: whether they accept tenants claiming housing benefit; how many months deposit they require; what charges they make to tenants; and what is the longest tenancy period they offer. Of the agencies visited, four agreed to take part, while Winkworths, Kings Group, Bairstow Eves, Brian Thomas and Anthony Pepe all denied access or refused to speak to the self-styled inspectors.

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Join us this Saturday, 6 October for a Community Housing Inspection of Haringey Letting Agents

We'll be meeting at 12 noon at Turnpike Lane tube to investigate local letting agents and uncover unwelcome practices:

Community Housing Inspection•    Discrimination against people on housing benefit
•    Extortionate charges to prospective and existing tenants
•    Encouraging short term tenancies to maximise renewal fees
•    Inflating rents

We will name and shame any letting agents found engaging in such greedy behaviour.

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Join us to demand landlords bring rents down and stop discrimination against those on benefits.

At the Landlords Forum run by Haringey Council
Thursday 20th September, 5.30 - 6.30pm
outside the Civic Centre, Wood Green, N22
(5 mins walk up the hill from Wood Green tube) 

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