Tenants in "uninhabitable homes" facing rent increases and eviction

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Tenants in "uninhabitable homes" facing rent increases and eviction

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TENANTS in a leafy village described how they were facing massive rent increases despite living in “uninhabitable” homes.

Those living in Stanmer Village raised their concerns at a Brighton and Hove City Council meeting on Thursday.

They told how they were suffering at the hands of their landlords, the Brighton and Hove Estates Conservation Trust, which was set up by the council that owns the land their houses are on.

Speaking on behalf of himself and his neighbours, Jason Knight said the council had a responsibility to investigate residents claims.

Mr Knight described how one former neighbour moved out of the area because of the state of her home and added at least three children had suffered health problems due to the cold conditions of the homes.

“One of the many requirements of the lease agreement is that the Trust keeps the properties in good repair and condition, but we do not believe that the trust is fulfilling this obligation,” he said.

He also claimed he was threatened with eviction for raising concerns.

Mr Knight said: “A clause in our tenancy agreements clearly states that annual rental increases must be in line with the Retail Price Index.

“When my wife and I recently queried a proposed rental increase of 15% in a new 12-month lease, we were issued with a notice of eviction. This still stands, despite a petition of support signed by the entire Stanmer Village community.”

He said another tenant who had lived in the village for 30 years was told a 20% rent increase was “non-negotiable” and if she didn’t want to pay she would be served a notice.

Ward councillor Christina Summers has already met with residents and requested a meeting with the Trust which was refused.

Other concerns raised include the “dubious” claims of the listed nature of the buildings after one tenant was told a broken and unsafe fireplace was a listed feature and couldn’t be removed unless a 10% higher rental was paid – although they were told they could carry out the work themselves.

Green councillor Leo Littman said the Trust rejected the allegations.

Speaking after the meeting, Labour’s Gill Mitchell – one of the directors of the Estates Conservation Trust – said: “The Trust strongly refutes many of the claims made at the council meeting and is in dialogue with Mr Knight. The Trust was set up by the city council and operates according to the council’s criteria that includes the making of regular payments back to the council as a percentage of tenants rent.”

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7:55am Sat 10 May 14

rogerthefish says...

It's funny that the council police the private sector but cannot keep their own houses in order, it's a known fact that the percentage of uninhabitable council is much higher. I imagine the council is trying to get the rents closer to market rents or thinking hold on we could flog these for a small fortune and spend the money on another traffic calming scheme.

Shame on you Council again!
It's funny that the council police the private sector but cannot keep their own houses in order, it's a known fact that the percentage of uninhabitable council is much higher. I imagine the council is trying to get the rents closer to market rents or thinking hold on we could flog these for a small fortune and spend the money on another traffic calming scheme. Shame on you Council again! rogerthefish
  • Score: 26

9:04am Sat 10 May 14

NickBrt says...

The houses should be emptied of tenants and squatters moved in to really wreck them and travellers encouraged to park in the gardens.
The houses should be emptied of tenants and squatters moved in to really wreck them and travellers encouraged to park in the gardens. NickBrt
  • Score: 9

9:20am Sat 10 May 14

Max Ripple says...

Come on Gill Mitchell. You are a Labour Councillor and should be supporting tenants like this. I know there are two sides to any story but stuff like this will do you and Labour no good whatsoever. Get your act together. Please.
Come on Gill Mitchell. You are a Labour Councillor and should be supporting tenants like this. I know there are two sides to any story but stuff like this will do you and Labour no good whatsoever. Get your act together. Please. Max Ripple
  • Score: 12

9:28am Sat 10 May 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

What is the monthly rent and other charges? What are the slum conditions and can we see photos? Can we see the paperwork showing the eviction threats?
Come on Argus.
What is the monthly rent and other charges? What are the slum conditions and can we see photos? Can we see the paperwork showing the eviction threats? Come on Argus. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 16

9:55am Sat 10 May 14

edgelow says...

These should all be converted into student accommodation.......
....... get them out and put them in one of the modern shipping containers by George Richardsons... that'll shut them up
These should all be converted into student accommodation....... ....... get them out and put them in one of the modern shipping containers by George Richardsons... that'll shut them up edgelow
  • Score: -7

10:01am Sat 10 May 14

edgelow says...

These should all be converted into student accommodation.......
....... get them out and put them in one of the modern shipping containers by George Richardsons... that'll shut them up
These should all be converted into student accommodation....... ....... get them out and put them in one of the modern shipping containers by George Richardsons... that'll shut them up edgelow
  • Score: -7

10:18am Sat 10 May 14

NickBrt says...

I agree with edgelow. We need more students and must transfer all available homes to them so they can have all night parties and create Mayhew to their little hearts content.
I agree with edgelow. We need more students and must transfer all available homes to them so they can have all night parties and create Mayhew to their little hearts content. NickBrt
  • Score: 0

11:36am Sat 10 May 14

redwing says...

rogerthefish wrote:
It's funny that the council police the private sector but cannot keep their own houses in order, it's a known fact that the percentage of uninhabitable council is much higher. I imagine the council is trying to get the rents closer to market rents or thinking hold on we could flog these for a small fortune and spend the money on another traffic calming scheme.

Shame on you Council again!
Please post details of this known "fact".
If this Trust arrangement is not providing satisfactory housing standards that's one thing. But to suggest that generally council housing doesn't meet good standards is rubbish. Most people are forced to rent privately because so much council housing has effectively been stolen from the community. People are not renting privately by choice, and they know exactly where the excess money they pay goes and it's not invested much into the houses they rent !
[quote][p][bold]rogerthefish[/bold] wrote: It's funny that the council police the private sector but cannot keep their own houses in order, it's a known fact that the percentage of uninhabitable council is much higher. I imagine the council is trying to get the rents closer to market rents or thinking hold on we could flog these for a small fortune and spend the money on another traffic calming scheme. Shame on you Council again![/p][/quote]Please post details of this known "fact". If this Trust arrangement is not providing satisfactory housing standards that's one thing. But to suggest that generally council housing doesn't meet good standards is rubbish. Most people are forced to rent privately because so much council housing has effectively been stolen from the community. People are not renting privately by choice, and they know exactly where the excess money they pay goes and it's not invested much into the houses they rent ! redwing
  • Score: 5

12:38pm Sat 10 May 14

Goldenwight says...

"Landlord explains to tenants that if they do not pay their rent they may face eviction."

Shocking news there- and I thought that landlords did this out of the goodness of their hearts.
"Landlord explains to tenants that if they do not pay their rent they may face eviction." Shocking news there- and I thought that landlords did this out of the goodness of their hearts. Goldenwight
  • Score: -4

2:43pm Sat 10 May 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

Rent increases AND evictions?

Surely it is 'or'?
Rent increases AND evictions? Surely it is 'or'? ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: -7

5:42pm Sat 10 May 14

Leo Littman says...

The Trust are the Landlords; the Council are the land-owners. As such, we will work with residents and the Trust to try to help them solve their dispute.
Regarding rogerthefish's 'fact'; as of March this year, Council homes in Brighton and Hove reached the 100% Decent Homes target. In 2009 only 51% of council homes met the standard, introduced by the Government to improve the quality of social housing. Since then 1,194 new bathrooms and 2,895 new kitchens have been installed, and 4,448 energy efficient boilers have been fitted, significantly reducing residents heating bills. The council has also fitted 5,552 new doors and rewired 1,533 properties as part of the ongoing housing investment programme.
The Trust are the Landlords; the Council are the land-owners. As such, we will work with residents and the Trust to try to help them solve their dispute. Regarding rogerthefish's 'fact'; as of March this year, Council homes in Brighton and Hove reached the 100% Decent Homes target. In 2009 only 51% of council homes met the standard, introduced by the Government to improve the quality of social housing. Since then 1,194 new bathrooms and 2,895 new kitchens have been installed, and 4,448 energy efficient boilers have been fitted, significantly reducing residents heating bills. The council has also fitted 5,552 new doors and rewired 1,533 properties as part of the ongoing housing investment programme. Leo Littman
  • Score: -1

9:08pm Sat 10 May 14

Hove Actually says...

Leo Littman wrote:
The Trust are the Landlords; the Council are the land-owners. As such, we will work with residents and the Trust to try to help them solve their dispute.
Regarding rogerthefish's 'fact'; as of March this year, Council homes in Brighton and Hove reached the 100% Decent Homes target. In 2009 only 51% of council homes met the standard, introduced by the Government to improve the quality of social housing. Since then 1,194 new bathrooms and 2,895 new kitchens have been installed, and 4,448 energy efficient boilers have been fitted, significantly reducing residents heating bills. The council has also fitted 5,552 new doors and rewired 1,533 properties as part of the ongoing housing investment programme.
So littleman you are saying ONE HUNDRED PERCENT of the social homes in Brighton & Hove are now at the decent homes standard.....
I do not believe you......as not so long ago you were begging the residents to sign away their rights to a new owner to raise the £130 million it was going to cost to do this very thing

Sadly all we seem to get now are lies, dam lies or the "word" of a politician.
[quote][p][bold]Leo Littman[/bold] wrote: The Trust are the Landlords; the Council are the land-owners. As such, we will work with residents and the Trust to try to help them solve their dispute. Regarding rogerthefish's 'fact'; as of March this year, Council homes in Brighton and Hove reached the 100% Decent Homes target. In 2009 only 51% of council homes met the standard, introduced by the Government to improve the quality of social housing. Since then 1,194 new bathrooms and 2,895 new kitchens have been installed, and 4,448 energy efficient boilers have been fitted, significantly reducing residents heating bills. The council has also fitted 5,552 new doors and rewired 1,533 properties as part of the ongoing housing investment programme.[/p][/quote]So littleman you are saying ONE HUNDRED PERCENT of the social homes in Brighton & Hove are now at the decent homes standard..... I do not believe you......as not so long ago you were begging the residents to sign away their rights to a new owner to raise the £130 million it was going to cost to do this very thing Sadly all we seem to get now are lies, dam lies or the "word" of a politician. Hove Actually
  • Score: 0

9:59pm Sat 10 May 14

Leo Littman says...

Hove Actually: No, lies, damned or otherwise. Simply the truth.

I assume you're referring to the report in the Argus from 2012:

http://www.theargus.
co.uk/news/9528374.B
righton_and_Hove_s_r
un_down_housing/

This refers to houses in the private sector. Many of which are sadly in an appalling state.

However, I repeat, 100% of Council homes have now achieved the Decent Homes standard.
Hove Actually: No, lies, damned or otherwise. Simply the truth. I assume you're referring to the report in the Argus from 2012: http://www.theargus. co.uk/news/9528374.B righton_and_Hove_s_r un_down_housing/ This refers to houses in the private sector. Many of which are sadly in an appalling state. However, I repeat, 100% of Council homes have now achieved the Decent Homes standard. Leo Littman
  • Score: 3

11:48pm Sat 10 May 14

Hove Actually says...

Leo Littman wrote:
Hove Actually: No, lies, damned or otherwise. Simply the truth.

I assume you're referring to the report in the Argus from 2012:

http://www.theargus.

co.uk/news/9528374.B

righton_and_Hove_s_r

un_down_housing/

This refers to houses in the private sector. Many of which are sadly in an appalling state.

However, I repeat, 100% of Council homes have now achieved the Decent Homes standard.
No I was referring to the vote the council tenants had as "our council" wanted to transfer ALL the housing stock to a third party as they could NOT afford to bring them all up and most were sub standard.
I personally know of one that has had the kitchen deemed as condemned by the council but have also been told there is not enough money in this financial year (which started in April) to replace it and it would be sorted through the housing repairs budget until next year when it may be a higher priority so not really 100% decent homes..........but I am sure you will spin it anyway
[quote][p][bold]Leo Littman[/bold] wrote: Hove Actually: No, lies, damned or otherwise. Simply the truth. I assume you're referring to the report in the Argus from 2012: http://www.theargus. co.uk/news/9528374.B righton_and_Hove_s_r un_down_housing/ This refers to houses in the private sector. Many of which are sadly in an appalling state. However, I repeat, 100% of Council homes have now achieved the Decent Homes standard.[/p][/quote]No I was referring to the vote the council tenants had as "our council" wanted to transfer ALL the housing stock to a third party as they could NOT afford to bring them all up and most were sub standard. I personally know of one that has had the kitchen deemed as condemned by the council but have also been told there is not enough money in this financial year (which started in April) to replace it and it would be sorted through the housing repairs budget until next year when it may be a higher priority so not really 100% decent homes..........but I am sure you will spin it anyway Hove Actually
  • Score: -2

9:00am Sun 11 May 14

Bravesirknight says...

Thank-you for reporting on our deputation to full council. You concluded with a quote from the chair of the trust (our landlords), Councillor Gill Mitchell, who stated they are "in dialogue with Mr Knight".

On Friday, the day after the deputation, my wife sent the following to Cllr Mitchell:

Date: 09 May 2014 14:21

To: Gill Mitchell


Hello Gill,
Can we arrange to talk and sort this out please? 


It would, I believe, be a very positive gesture to drop the eviction notice so we can engage in conversation under the most conducive atmosphere.


We are committed to a positive resolution and welcome any communication with that in mind.
With thanks and regards


Karen Knight


Here’s the response from Councillor Mitchell:

Date: 9 May 2014 15:45:40 BST

To: 'Karen Knight'
Dear Mrs Knight,


Thank you for your message.
It has been forwarded to the Trust's Managing Agents for their consideration.



Yours sincerely,


Cllr Gill Mitchell

Chair - Brighton & Hove Estates Conservation Trust

So no dialogue with the Trust there then.

I can assure you that this is the tip of the iceberg, with the Trust publicly saying one thing, while privately doing another.

There is so much here for an investigative journalist to get their teeth in, that it is hard to know where to begin. Meanwhile this highly stressful and upsetting situation continues for my family – whereby we it looks the Trust will make begin their action to force us from our homes in less than a month.

Regards,

Jason Knight
Thank-you for reporting on our deputation to full council. You concluded with a quote from the chair of the trust (our landlords), Councillor Gill Mitchell, who stated they are "in dialogue with Mr Knight". On Friday, the day after the deputation, my wife sent the following to Cllr Mitchell: Date: 09 May 2014 14:21
 To: Gill Mitchell
 Hello Gill, Can we arrange to talk and sort this out please? 

 It would, I believe, be a very positive gesture to drop the eviction notice so we can engage in conversation under the most conducive atmosphere.

 We are committed to a positive resolution and welcome any communication with that in mind. With thanks and regards

 Karen Knight
 Here’s the response from Councillor Mitchell: Date: 9 May 2014 15:45:40 BST
 To: 'Karen Knight' Dear Mrs Knight,

 Thank you for your message. It has been forwarded to the Trust's Managing Agents for their consideration.

 Yours sincerely,

 Cllr Gill Mitchell
 Chair - Brighton & Hove Estates Conservation Trust So no dialogue with the Trust there then. I can assure you that this is the tip of the iceberg, with the Trust publicly saying one thing, while privately doing another. There is so much here for an investigative journalist to get their teeth in, that it is hard to know where to begin. Meanwhile this highly stressful and upsetting situation continues for my family – whereby we it looks the Trust will make begin their action to force us from our homes in less than a month. Regards, Jason Knight Bravesirknight
  • Score: 2

11:10am Sun 11 May 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

How much is the rent each month for a three bedroom house? What other costs do you pay?
How much is the rent each month for a three bedroom house? What other costs do you pay? Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: -1

2:29pm Sun 11 May 14

Mr chock says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
How much is the rent each month for a three bedroom house? What other costs do you pay?
ohh the Argus is a news paper not the Financial times "this website seems more keen on sport "sport sport the top 3 articles .." about some team called Brighton and hove Albion ..anyway the tenant thats been there 30 years will be easy to find knock on a few doors maxwell
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: How much is the rent each month for a three bedroom house? What other costs do you pay?[/p][/quote]ohh the Argus is a news paper not the Financial times "this website seems more keen on sport "sport sport the top 3 articles .." about some team called Brighton and hove Albion ..anyway the tenant thats been there 30 years will be easy to find knock on a few doors maxwell Mr chock
  • Score: 0

3:48pm Sun 11 May 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Surely it's key to the story. They may be paying £200 a month for a three bedroom house in lovely stanmer with all maintenance and gardening being done by the trust/council.
A 20 per cent increase in this age would not be bad, however, if they are paying a grand a month a 20 per cent increase could be seen as a little unfair.
It seems the tenants are unwilling to tell us.
Come on someone tell us what it costs.
Surely it's key to the story. They may be paying £200 a month for a three bedroom house in lovely stanmer with all maintenance and gardening being done by the trust/council. A 20 per cent increase in this age would not be bad, however, if they are paying a grand a month a 20 per cent increase could be seen as a little unfair. It seems the tenants are unwilling to tell us. Come on someone tell us what it costs. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 0

8:10pm Sun 11 May 14

pixienix says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
Surely it's key to the story. They may be paying £200 a month for a three bedroom house in lovely stanmer with all maintenance and gardening being done by the trust/council.
A 20 per cent increase in this age would not be bad, however, if they are paying a grand a month a 20 per cent increase could be seen as a little unfair.
It seems the tenants are unwilling to tell us.
Come on someone tell us what it costs.
The rents vary but i can assure you they are not £200 and we have to do our own maintenance and gardening as well as pay our Council tax, electricity and every other bill that everybody else pays. We have no central heating and no double glazing but we continue to live here because we love our community, which is being ripped apart by dishonesty, threats and corruption.
If you knock on doors to find the 30 year tenant you'll find at least 10 of them and some have been here for many, many more years. We may not all be in the same situation but we have lived here for a lifetime and for some of us to have that threatened by unscrupulous landlords is heartbreaking, stressful and unjust.
What's happening here is wrong as is Mr Knights eviction, that's what we want people to realise. Its not for us to be judged, we're not the ones in the wrong.
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: Surely it's key to the story. They may be paying £200 a month for a three bedroom house in lovely stanmer with all maintenance and gardening being done by the trust/council. A 20 per cent increase in this age would not be bad, however, if they are paying a grand a month a 20 per cent increase could be seen as a little unfair. It seems the tenants are unwilling to tell us. Come on someone tell us what it costs.[/p][/quote]The rents vary but i can assure you they are not £200 and we have to do our own maintenance and gardening as well as pay our Council tax, electricity and every other bill that everybody else pays. We have no central heating and no double glazing but we continue to live here because we love our community, which is being ripped apart by dishonesty, threats and corruption. If you knock on doors to find the 30 year tenant you'll find at least 10 of them and some have been here for many, many more years. We may not all be in the same situation but we have lived here for a lifetime and for some of us to have that threatened by unscrupulous landlords is heartbreaking, stressful and unjust. What's happening here is wrong as is Mr Knights eviction, that's what we want people to realise. Its not for us to be judged, we're not the ones in the wrong. pixienix
  • Score: 4

10:36pm Sun 11 May 14

halgabronmaid says...

Just to be totally clear here, the rent that the Trust charges for their properties in question is a great deal of money by anyone's standards and is the 'market rent' for this property in basic, but not luxurious condition.
What has happened here is that the tenants have improved their property at their own expense and the managing agents, charged with the responsibility of making the most money possible from the estate, have thought - umm, that now looks great and we are sure we could find another tenant to pay more.
So, this young family are threatened with losing the home that they have invested so much care, love and money in just because they have done precisely that.
How can that be right?
It is not a question of people living in a beautiful place moaning that that they may have to pay another few quid a week - this several hundred pounds a month, on top of enormous fuel bills, for a house that cannot be insulated.
On top of that, the way that the Trust and the managing agents has behaved towards not just these but other tenants is shocking in this day and age.
Just because they live in a uniquely wonderful place does not mean that they should be treated in this way.
Unfortunately, it's a bit of a shame that the Argus has confused in their headlines several different issues that there are here - between unreasonable rent increases and sub-standard property maintenance, which really are separate, but none the less unacceptable.
Just to be totally clear here, the rent that the Trust charges for their properties in question is a great deal of money by anyone's standards and is the 'market rent' for this property in basic, but not luxurious condition. What has happened here is that the tenants have improved their property at their own expense and the managing agents, charged with the responsibility of making the most money possible from the estate, have thought - umm, that now looks great and we are sure we could find another tenant to pay more. So, this young family are threatened with losing the home that they have invested so much care, love and money in just because they have done precisely that. How can that be right? It is not a question of people living in a beautiful place moaning that that they may have to pay another few quid a week - this several hundred pounds a month, on top of enormous fuel bills, for a house that cannot be insulated. On top of that, the way that the Trust and the managing agents has behaved towards not just these but other tenants is shocking in this day and age. Just because they live in a uniquely wonderful place does not mean that they should be treated in this way. Unfortunately, it's a bit of a shame that the Argus has confused in their headlines several different issues that there are here - between unreasonable rent increases and sub-standard property maintenance, which really are separate, but none the less unacceptable. halgabronmaid
  • Score: 4

11:32pm Sun 11 May 14

Mr chock says...

pixienix wrote:
Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
Surely it's key to the story. They may be paying £200 a month for a three bedroom house in lovely stanmer with all maintenance and gardening being done by the trust/council.
A 20 per cent increase in this age would not be bad, however, if they are paying a grand a month a 20 per cent increase could be seen as a little unfair.
It seems the tenants are unwilling to tell us.
Come on someone tell us what it costs.
The rents vary but i can assure you they are not £200 and we have to do our own maintenance and gardening as well as pay our Council tax, electricity and every other bill that everybody else pays. We have no central heating and no double glazing but we continue to live here because we love our community, which is being ripped apart by dishonesty, threats and corruption.
If you knock on doors to find the 30 year tenant you'll find at least 10 of them and some have been here for many, many more years. We may not all be in the same situation but we have lived here for a lifetime and for some of us to have that threatened by unscrupulous landlords is heartbreaking, stressful and unjust.
What's happening here is wrong as is Mr Knights eviction, that's what we want people to realise. Its not for us to be judged, we're not the ones in the wrong.
'Good quality double glazing cuts heat loss through windows by up to half and your heating bills by around £135 a year.'

This figure is based on a gas heated, three bed semi-detached house replacing all single glazed windows with B-rated double glazing.
DO not DO not think double glazing is going to massively make your home warm ...
in some parts of the home a draft is a benefit .. condensation still will accumulate and also they are UGLY looking you get double vision looking trou and on and on .. the only ONLY benefit is sound insulation " double glazed pains might last 20 years before misting up inside them due to poor construction and NEVER NEVER recoup the cost of installation 30 years plus... OH and one other thing .. pixienix i spoke with one lady there today if that was you thanks for your helpful chat YES i do understand the Parks housing is changing due to the aging nature of the tenants . never forget your living in a lovely tranquil part of sussex .
[quote][p][bold]pixienix[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: Surely it's key to the story. They may be paying £200 a month for a three bedroom house in lovely stanmer with all maintenance and gardening being done by the trust/council. A 20 per cent increase in this age would not be bad, however, if they are paying a grand a month a 20 per cent increase could be seen as a little unfair. It seems the tenants are unwilling to tell us. Come on someone tell us what it costs.[/p][/quote]The rents vary but i can assure you they are not £200 and we have to do our own maintenance and gardening as well as pay our Council tax, electricity and every other bill that everybody else pays. We have no central heating and no double glazing but we continue to live here because we love our community, which is being ripped apart by dishonesty, threats and corruption. If you knock on doors to find the 30 year tenant you'll find at least 10 of them and some have been here for many, many more years. We may not all be in the same situation but we have lived here for a lifetime and for some of us to have that threatened by unscrupulous landlords is heartbreaking, stressful and unjust. What's happening here is wrong as is Mr Knights eviction, that's what we want people to realise. Its not for us to be judged, we're not the ones in the wrong.[/p][/quote]'Good quality double glazing cuts heat loss through windows by up to half and your heating bills by around £135 a year.' This figure is based on a gas heated, three bed semi-detached house replacing all single glazed windows with B-rated double glazing. DO not DO not think double glazing is going to massively make your home warm ... in some parts of the home a draft is a benefit .. condensation still will accumulate and also they are UGLY looking you get double vision looking trou and on and on .. the only ONLY benefit is sound insulation " double glazed pains might last 20 years before misting up inside them due to poor construction and NEVER NEVER recoup the cost of installation 30 years plus... OH and one other thing .. pixienix i spoke with one lady there today if that was you thanks for your helpful chat YES i do understand the Parks housing is changing due to the aging nature of the tenants . never forget your living in a lovely tranquil part of sussex . Mr chock
  • Score: 0

11:34pm Sun 11 May 14

Mr chock says...

HELPFUL LINK on that wonder " Double glazing.."
http://www.telegraph
.co.uk/property/prop
ertyadvice/jeffhowel
l/3346027/On-the-lev
el-double-glazing-is
-it-worth-it.html
it is not worth it plus the plastic in most is so so unenvironmental lasts 15 years then become so brittle it is useless and toxic
HELPFUL LINK on that wonder " Double glazing.." http://www.telegraph .co.uk/property/prop ertyadvice/jeffhowel l/3346027/On-the-lev el-double-glazing-is -it-worth-it.html it is not worth it plus the plastic in most is so so unenvironmental lasts 15 years then become so brittle it is useless and toxic Mr chock
  • Score: 0

11:52pm Mon 12 May 14

Mr Loxley says...

If you pay your rent, regardless of where you live you should be entitled to an acceptable standard of living. If your rent increases by more then the legal amount you should have the right to contest this, not live with the threat of loosing your home. I personally will not ask you how much rent you pay, that is your business not mine but i will presume that due to the age/unique location/beautiful surroundings its not going to come cheap. Good for you all for standing up for yourselves and your community.
If you pay your rent, regardless of where you live you should be entitled to an acceptable standard of living. If your rent increases by more then the legal amount you should have the right to contest this, not live with the threat of loosing your home. I personally will not ask you how much rent you pay, that is your business not mine but i will presume that due to the age/unique location/beautiful surroundings its not going to come cheap. Good for you all for standing up for yourselves and your community. Mr Loxley
  • Score: 2

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