Archive for the ‘INFORMATION’ Category

Gatekeeping at the housing office

Gatekeeping is the term used to describe the practice of councils turning homeless people away when they request help.  This practice is unlawful, but we hear examples of it happening every time we leaflet outside the housing office. Our sister group Housing Action Southwark and Lambeth (HASL) has been campaigning against gatekeeping at their local […]

August 26, 2016  Tags:   Posted in: INFORMATION  Comments Closed

Gatekeeping at Haringey Council

We recently supported one of our members, M, who faced gatekeeping from Haringey Council when she attempted to apply as homeless. This was not a one-off incident. Our previous experiences show that the council consistently fails to do its duty, and the comments made to M by a housing officer confirm this. We’re calling on […]

November 28, 2015  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: HHAG ACTIONS, INFORMATION  Comments Closed

Haringey Council to evict a woman and her 14-year-old daughter

M is a Haringey resident.  She is due to be evicted by the council this Tuesday (10 November).   When she came to our meeting last week, she told us that the council want to evict her because of rent arrears, despite the fact that she has already put a plan in place to pay her […]

November 10, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: HHAG ACTIONS, INFORMATION, NEWS  Comments Closed

Fag Packet Towers AKA Apex House – send objections now!

We are regular users of Apex House, which is where the council’s housing office is based.  And we were alarmed to hear the plans for it – both to re-build it as a 22-storey eyesore with most of it being let as privately rented homes by an institutional/commercial landlord.   We’ve spoken to staff at the […]

October 27, 2015  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: INFORMATION, LOCAL CAMPAIGNS  Comments Closed

Apex House – who will stand up to Grainger?

This evening, 27th May, the council is holding a Development Management Forum at CoNEL presumably to “consult” with the public over the plans for Apex House.  Some have questioned why the meeting has been arranged with so little publicity.  Others will be only too familiar with the way in which the council likes to keeps […]

May 27, 2015  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: INFORMATION  Comments Closed

Homelessness and the Localism Act – know your rights!

Today, members of Haringey Housing Action Group distributed leaflets outside Apex House (South Tottenham Customer Service Centre), to make people aware about some changes that councils are making to the way they house homeless households. This was just one of many actions happening across London as part of the Radical Housing Network’s week of action. […]

February 16, 2015  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: INFORMATION  Comments Closed

The number of council homes that Haringey Council has built since 2010 – in 129 words

We found this question and answer in the agenda papers for the council meeting on 21 July 2014: WRITTEN QUESTION 4 – TO THE CABINET MEMBER FOR HOUSING AND REGENERATION [Cllr Alan Strickland] FROM COUNCILLOR CONNOR: How many Council homes has the Council built since 2010? ANSWER In November 2013, the Cabinet approved a Housing […]

August 11, 2014  Tags: , ,   Posted in: INFORMATION  Comments Closed

7 Ways the Localism Act is Shafting the Homeless and Precariously-Housed

by Izzy Koksal The Focus E15 mums’ vibrant and unstoppable campaign has been important in highlighting what the largely unheard-of Localism Act means for homeless people and other precariously-housed people. While forced evictions reach an all time high as a result of housing benefit cuts, soaring rents and omnipotent landlords, the new powers given to local […]

August 1, 2014  Tags: , ,   Posted in: INFORMATION  Comments Closed

Advice Providers Network meeting 3/3/14

Ruth went to the meeting last week for HHAG. Here are brief notes from the meeting: Haringey: council tax: letters going out. Asked about re-instating 100%  council tax benefit – decision for this year to stay the same & it was up to councilors. 517 outstanding new claims for housing benefit & council tax reduction. […]

March 11, 2014  Tags:   Posted in: INFORMATION  Comments Closed

Landlords’ Responsiblities

http://england.shelter.org.uk/get_advice/renting_and_leasehold/rights_and_responsibilities/landlords_responsibilities#6 If you are a tenant, your landlord has certain obligations. The rules and procedures vary depending on the type of tenancy you have but certain basic rules are always the same. It’s important to remember that if you have a licence rather than a tenancy, you may not have all of these rights. Use […]

January 6, 2014  Tags:   Posted in: INFORMATION  Comments Closed