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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