News — articles for June 2018

Scrutiny Boot Camps

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Held in partnership with the Sutton Federation of Tenant and Resident Associations (SFTRA), quarterly Scrutiny Boot Camps are your chance to tell us what's working, what's not and what we can do better. 

The Boot Camps are open to all SHP residents - tenants and leaseholders - and are attended by senior SHP management and representatives of the London Borough of Sutton. We cover issues including:

  • Repairs
  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Out of hours services for residents
  • Fly tipping 
  • Communal area maintenance 
  • Housing for older people
  • Our community hubs
  • And more! 

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We've committed to Make A Stand against domestic abuse

We're proud to have committed to Make A Stand against domestic abuse. 

Alongside 100 other organisations in the UK housing sector, the Chartered Institute of Housing, the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance and Women's Aid we've committed to taking action to support residents and staff experiencing domestic abuse.

We've pledged to :

1. Support residents affected by domestic abuse through our policy
2. Make information about domestic abuse support services available to all our residents
3. Support any staff experiencing domestic abuse
4. Always have a domestic abuse champion at a senior level in our organisation to support this work

Find out more about our #makeastand commitment: cih.org/makeastand

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, you can get confidential advice and support at the Sutton Domestic Violence One Stop Shop, every Wednesday, 9.30am-11.30am at Sutton Baptist Church, 21 Cheam Road, Sutton, SM1 1SN.

If you have concerns that someone in your community is being harmed, you can report it here and we'll help them get help.

Clockhouse drop-in sessions start Thursday 14 June

From Thursday 14 June, residents in Clockhouse will be able to attend our new weekly drop-in session at the Clockhouse Info Centre on Hillcrest Parade, CR5 2PS.

Sarah Holland-Baker, Housing Manager for Clockhouse, will be at the running a drop-in session every Thursday from 10am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm.

Residents are invited to come along, meet Sarah and and get support with:

  • Paying your rent and managing your tenancy

  • Tackling anti-social behaviour

  • Getting support with your health and wellbeing, employment or budgeting

  • Connecting you to community groups and activities

  • Other issues affecting your tenancy or community

Sarah said: “It'll be great to work at Clockhouse one day a week, making it easier for me to get to know residents and the community.

“As a Housing Manager I want to work closely with residents to make sure issues are addressed quickly, and this is a way to make that happen.”

If you don't live in Clockhouse, you can find your Housing Manager here. All of our residents, both tenants and leaseholders, have a dedicated Housing Manager who can offer support throughout your time as an SHP resident. 

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Tackling rogue landlords

Following our recent investigation into unlawful alterations, two leaseholders have fully cooperated with SHP to convert their properties back to single homes, having been found to have breached their lease by letting rooms out separately.

Leaseholders must seek consent from SHP before subletting their properties, and must not turn their properties into more than one residence. 

Having undertaken the required works, including removing locks from separate bedroom doors, both properties have been inspected by SHP surveyors to confirm that they once again conform to their lease and fire standards.

Two other landlords are facing the possibility of being served with injunctions, with a court date set should they still fail to comply with their lease and fire safety standards.

Nine others have been given 28 days to make the relevant changes to their property to avoid further legal action. We are continuing to inspect all known sublet properties and will take appropriate enforcement action where relevant.

Are you a leaseholder?

Remember, as per the terms of your lease, you must:

  • seek consent from SHP before you sublet your property
  • maintain your property as a single household home at all times
  • seek consent to make alterations to your property such as fitting new kitchens and bathrooms, removing internal doors etc.

SHP will always:

  • refuse permission to convert a leasehold flat into more than a single private residence, i.e. a ‘House in Multiple Occupation’ (HMO)
  • use its legal powers (through the council) to forfeit a lease and gain possession of the property if a leaseholder has sub-divided their flat and does not restore it to a single home.

For more information or to report a concern regarding a potential HMO, email our Home Ownership Services Team:
homeownership@suttonhousingpartnership.org.uk

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