Eastend Homes Leaseholders win first step in battle for recognition.

EEHLFA – Deputation to the Council – 27th January

and to Eastendhomes Main Board – 28th January

Island Garden, St Georges, Glamis, Mile End East and Holland Estates – an opportunity for Leaseholders to work together to achieve justice and fair charges
 

eehlfa logoAt 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.

Click here to see report of EEHFLA meeting on 19th November
Click here to view the EEHFLA manifesto
Click here to read “leaseholders battle for recognition” in the Advertiser

 

From the Council Website

11.4 Motion proposed by Council or 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.


DECISION

This Council notes:

  • 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.

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