Leaseholders face lift repair bills in East End—even living on ground floor
THOUSANDS of families living in ground-floor council flats which are except from lift and entry-phone repair costs in London’s East End may soon have to foot the bill for any future breakdowns.
Even pensioners could be slapped with charges of up to �10,000 a time because of a Tower Hamlets council ‘change of policy’.
But the change agreed by Mayor Lutfur Rahman’s cabinet is now being challenged by Opposition Labour councillors.
Marc Francis is calling on the council’s Scrutiny committee next Monday to throw out the switch and demand the mayor thinks again.
“These families could face major bills for any repairs up to �10,000 on top of service charge rises of �200 a year,” Cllr Francis told the East London Advertiser.
You may also want to watch:
“Most tenants who bought their flats under the ‘Right to Buy’ in the 1980s are ‘asset rich’—but cash poor.
“They shouldn’t have to pay for services they are never going to use.”
- 1 Jailed: drug dealer who rammed police with stolen car to escape
- 2 East End pays tribute to Prince Philip
- 3 Housing protest at Shadwell's Watney Market over service charges hike
- 4 Boxpark reopening in Shoreditch with face masks and Covid hygiene measures
- 5 'Torrent of hate' stalker tweeted pictures of victim on social media
- 6 Jailed: Smash-and-grab perfume raiders get 18 years between them
- 7 Appeal for dashcam footage following stabbing in Stepney churchyard
- 8 Fire crews fight blaze in railway arch in Bow
- 9 Pictures: Remembering Prince Philip's visits to east London
- 10 New street market coming to Docklands is Will's passion
At least 2,000 council leaseholders are affected. But he fears thousands more could be dragged into the ‘cash net’ if social landlords who run many of the East End’s former council estates follow the Mayor’s lead.
The repair bills would be on top of the ‘service’ fees up to �1,000 a year that drop on leaseholders’ doormats.
Cllr Francis added: “We all know the Government has savagely cut Tower Hamlets’ funding.
“But money is also tight for the leaseholders. It is only right there is a full debate before any charges.”
The Town Hall authorised an independent audit of service charges in 2009. The auditors’ report was ready last year, but was delayed by council and mayor elections.
Critics want the mayor to halt the policy change until the audit report is finally published and consultations go ahead with leaseholders.