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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Strength In Numbers

Our site and Face Book group has been on line just over a month and over 100 people have joined our network.  This is great – but there must be many thousands out there in the same position. We have created a campaign leaflet to distribute on your development, or even nearby new build estates if you are feeling enthusiastic!  You can download the leaflet here:Campaign_leaflet

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What Would Help You?

What do people feel would be useful resources to encourage and support you to take action?

We are planning to put on our resources page some practical guides from those with experience about :

  • Resisting the bullying – processes to follow and what to expect.
  • Complaining about your solicitor if you were not informed about the service charge, and/or the implications of becoming a freeholder on a private estate.
  • Writing to your MP – would a template letter be useful?
  • Submitting a freedom of information request to your local council to find out who was responsible for allowing the development to go ahead as a private estate.

This is for starters – please comment – would these be useful and support you in taking action? Anything else you would like to see??

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