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Yet more HA staff to appear on BBC One

1st September 2014

Yet more staff from the social housing sector are set to appear on BBC One this week. Claire Coyle, tenancy enforcement manager and Mari Johnson, concierge, of North Lincolnshire Homes (NLH) will star in the channel's 'Caught Red Handed' show, to be broadcast at 11.45am tomorrow. The social landlord was invited to take part in the show after a network of CCTV cameras at Market Hill, Scunthorpe captured a serial arsonist. NLH will join fellow social landlord Circle Housing Circle 33, whose staff ...

HA's anti-social team to feature in BBC show

1st September 2014

Two members of staff from one of the UK's largest housing associations are set to feature in a BBC show. Circle Housing Circle 33's Varinder Bharj and Laura Newey were filmed for 'Street Patrol UK' earlier this year as the pair came to the aid of tenants by tackling anti-social behaviour (ASB) across North London. They will appear on screen tomorrow in the new documentary series, which showcases the work of the country’s housing associations, councils and police forces in tackling ASB. A...

Rogue 'bed in shed' landlords get hefty fine

29th August 2014

A pair of London rogue landlords who illegally rented out a 'bed in a shed' have been hit with a £12,000 fine. Manjit Singh Virk and Paramjit Kaur Virk pleaded guilty to breaching a planning enforcement notice at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court last week. The couple, who live in Iver, had been charging people to live in an outbuilding in Roseville Road, Hayes. A nearby resident alerted Hillingon Council's planning enforcement team, who obtained a warrant to access the premises. The council'...

HA fined £9,000 after construction vehicles fail to follow agreed routes

28th August 2014

A housing association has been fined £9,000 after construction vehicles failed to enter and leave one its development sites via preconditioned routes. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea served the notice against Catalyst Housing after it failed to adhere to an agreed traffic management plan. Catalyst was prosecuted for failing to comply with a breach of conditions notice on six occasions. The strict vehicle access plan was part of conditional planning permission given to Catalyst for t...

Not too cosy: £3,000 fine for housebuilder that ignored stop notice

28th August 2014

A housebuilder that ignored a stop notice issued by Harrogate Borough Council (HBC) has been fined £3,000. Cosy Homes (York) is currently constructing a detached house at its New Forge development site in Great Ouseburn, for which permission was granted in August 2013. However, the plans were subject to a number of conditions including one which required that the council receive a report on land contamination before the development started. In May 2014, HBC received complaints that the hou...

Households hit by crime every seven seconds across England and Wales

28th August 2014

A crime is committed against a household every seven seconds in England and Wales, new figures have revealed. And the statistics show that social housing tenants are the worse hit, with 218 criminal incidents per 1,000 households, compared with 159 per 1,000 for owner-occupied properties. Churchill Home Insurance's analysis of data from the Office for National Statistics found that a shocking 11,600 household crimes are committed across England and Wales every day. The analysis showed that th...

Drunken chicken-frying council tenant evicted

26th August 2014

A drunken council tenant who nearly burnt down his flat after passing out while frying chicken is to be booted out of the property.  General nuisance Dean Spencer was a persistent source of anti-social behaviour, Croydon Magistrates’ Court heard.  The pest's home is now the subject of a closure order.  Neighbours reported how Spencer would invite 'street drinkers' back to his flat, and that they were regularly subjected to a tirade of abuse whenever confronted.  One ...

Council demolishes 'bed in a shed'

26th August 2014

A London council has taken action by demolishing an illegal outbuilding after its owner failed to comply with a planning enforcement notice. Hillingdon Council destroyed the 'bed in a shed' at the rear of a property in West Drayton Road, Hayes, and will now recover the costs incurred. The rogue landlord owner was ordered to stop illegally renting out the 'bed in a shed', and to demolish it within three months. After failing to do so, the council intervened and took on the work after the people l...

Ex-housing manager ordered to receive mental health treatment after mass theft

26th August 2014

A former manager at a Kent-based social landlord has been ordered to undergo treatment for mental health problems after admitting to stealing thousands of pounds worth of equipment. Adam Barker was also given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, for selling materials owned by West Kent Housing Association (WKHA). The thief managed to sell off £26,662-worth of equipment to local plumbers. Maidstone Crown Court heard that the 39-year-old ordered bathroom fittings for around 4,0...

'Top Boy' Channel 4 star pest fined

26th August 2014

An actor who starred in a Channel 4 drama about drugs and gangs has been fined for being a pest. Shone Romulus, who appeared in the TV show Top Boy, was tried in his absence at Thames Magistrates’ Court for causing a noise nuisance in Dersingham Avenue, Manor Park. Newham Council took action against the 26-year-old after first being alerted to his behaviour in July 2012. The rapper's neighbours' children were unable to sleep due to the blaring music coming from his property. In February ...