New Information on Greenbelt Action Group Site

The Greenbelt Action Group who brought the action against Greenbelt to the Scottish Lands Tribunal have recently updated their site with helpful information for both Scottish and residents of other UK areas, as they always promised to do. Find out more at their site http://www.spanglefish.com/greenbeltgroupaction/.

The long term effects and repercussions of this test case are yet to be revealed, and it is worth following what happens over time, especially since Greenbelt stopped maintaining their land and may soon face planning enforcement to do so……

Of particular interest is the Legal section and the text highlighted in red concerning consumer law and unfair contracts which you can read here http://www.spanglefish.com/greenbeltgroupaction/index.asp?pageid=369257

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Petition the government!

Great news! HorNets are on the up! 250 FaceBook members are a very lively bunch. Some are fighting their charges in court, a member has started a government petition at  https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/165770 please sign and share – you don’t have to be freeholder on a private estate so get your friends and family to support you and sign.

We now have a Twitter account, so if you are a Tweeter please follow and retweet at @HorNet_Group 

If you are allergic to social media, apply to join our forum at stingers.homeownersrights.net – strength in numbers!

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If you live in Scotland the Homeowner Housing Panel can help…

A member has emailed the following suggestions. The HoHp applies only if you live in Scotland, place of more enlightened laws!  The other suggestions would apply anywhere.

An effective way to challenge the minimal and shoddy maintenance is to lodge an application to the HoHP but important to compile solid evidence such as Summer and Winter photographs, annual independent site audit by a professional landscaper and ensure they have sight of Greenbelt's current Written Statement of Services, involve local MPs and Trading Standards Support and for newer developments check if the Local Authority can take enforcement action for non-compliance with the title deeds / Written Statement of Services.  Also, involving the Press is usually effective and form a resident's association to prevent Greenbelt picking off residents one by one.  Easily the worst company I have ever had the unfortunate experience of dealing with, lots of false promises about doing the work, bullying and threatening tactics against legitimate complaints and would have sacked them years ago if possible.  See West Myreton Resident web page which has done excellent work in tackling this nightmare of a company.

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English Test Case?

A member has applied to the Land Registry to have his covenants extinguished using their form RX3. Unfortunately this has been unsuccessful due to lack of case law in England and Wales (Scottish case doesn’t count here). What is needed is a successful English/Welsh case and he is exploring this with a solicitor. Is anyone else interested? It may be a case of getting together to choose the “best” set of deeds to go with, and then we would all need to be willing to chip in towards the insurance if it is done on a “no win no fee basis”, as in Scotland.
Email, comment or post on FaceBook if you want to join this effort.

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Estate Directory

We know there are many of us, but we don’t yet know figures up and down the country. Add your estate/development to our directory – it will help us all in our campaigns.  We will post the directory on our FaceBook group and on this site but will not publicise your name or email.  We ask for these details in case we need to contact you directly for more information.

Please let us know your Estate Name, UK area, number of homes, builder, management company and if it is finished yet. Please either comment here or on facebook or use this form

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Estate Name(required)

UK Area

Number of Homes

Builder(s)

Management Company

Annual Estate Charge (please don't include leasehold charges)

Completed?

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Happy Eight Week Birthday HorNet!

In just eight weeks, HorNet has over 100 FaceBook group members and a growing number of newsletter subscribers.  This has all been by word of mouth or through FaceBook, there has not yet been a “launch” involving other organisations.

What do you see as helping us work together to fight the injustice we face?

Some ideas include:

Providing a “toolkit” for campaigning- to include a leaflet to print and template letters. Also press contacts, and sympathetic politicians.

Having volunteers from each area who would be willing to phone or meet people for a less virtual network.

Keeping a database of numbers, locations and management companies, which would be available to members to support their case in campaigns.

A web site forum – would you use it if you can post to FaceBook?

Please either comment on this, or use the contact form to email your views – any ideas most welcome!

 

 

 

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New Homes Ombudsman in the Pipeline

The All Party Parliamentary Group looking at problems around build quality for new home buyers/owners has not yet published its full findings, but the Chair has indicated there will be a New Homes Ombudsman – see this article.

This is great news for people trying to get their home defects fixed and should offer an alternative to going to court.

We don’t think the group looked at how the non adopted land is managed, but there is an opportunity to lobby for the ombudsman’s role to be extended to include this.  Please help by writing to your MP – you can use this template letter as a basis.

 

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One million new members??

In the Queen’s speech today the government announce their ambition to deliver one million new homes. That is a potential one million new members for us unless some form of regulation is introduced to protect us.  We are advised by a Justice Minister that we may go to court to dispute our contracts, we know that, thank you.  What we are asking for is regulation including a more accessible adjudication process to deal with disputes, not jobs for the legal profession.

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