EastendHomes – community-led housing provider? – concerns about EeH’ relationship with its residents
What was the thinking behind the setting up of EeH?
In the consultations with estate residents leading up to stock transfer, Tower Hamlets Council described EeH as a new ‘community-led’ landlord’. (Open House Issue 9)
“The proposed structure for the council-sponsored landlord is as follows:
So today we had some friends visit and decided to get a visitors car permit during the week. My wife went to the Estate office on Tuesday as it seems that is no longer open on other days. Only to be told she needs ID and to go to Cheviot House instead.
On Friday she went to Cheviot house but could only buy a book of 10 tickets minimum. We hardly ever have visitors by car. These 10 tickets are only valid for a year and I doubt I will ever be able to finish using them.
As a result of the housing transfer program, all leaseholders that used to be represented by Tower Hamlets Leaseholders Association (THLA), found themselves to be lacking a united representation when problems started with the new landlord Eastend Homes. Leaseholders were not consulted for the transfer and they found themselves with a new landlord who was imposed on them.
Their numerous issues – most of them created by Eastend Homes – are not heard by the new landlord, because leaseholders are weak, fragmented and unrepresented.