Holland Estate residents fury with East End Homes Last Wednesday 3rd June, residents packed into the BBC community centre on Holland Estate. Leaseholders on the Holland Estate are absolutely furious about broken promises from East end Homes and the massive increases in service charges that East End Homes have levied on leaseholders
East End Homes acquisition of this prime real estate on the edge of the City of London has been mired in controversy since a ballot for transfer from the council was held a couple of years ago. Accusations were widespread of ballot rigging and the matter became the subject of a police enquiry after the intervention of George Galloway MP.
Leaseholders complained that service charges had doubled, that services were being charged on an estate rather than a block basis and that in some instances charges had increased by 200%.The packed meeting was addressed by Councillor Abjol Miah, the leader of the Respect group on Tower Hamlets council. “This is a disgrace,” Councillor Miah said. “East End Homes has lost the confidence of the leaseholders and tenants on this estate. Residents need to petition the council, register their dispute over their bills with East end Homes and prepare action to take the issue to the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal.”
Residents complained that the management board failed to represent residents but that East End Homes had refused to recognize any independent residents association.
Councillor Miah insisted they would have to recognize an association which had the support of the residents and it was quite wrong for East End Homes to deny them this right.
The meeting unanimously agreed to establish the Holland Estate Leaseholders and Tenants Association (HELTA) and elected MR Brad Prasad its first chair.