Tenants and tenants are massively protesting maintenance fees for thousands of homes on estates across the East End.
Protesters gathered at 2:00 pm at Watney Market in Shadwell near Tower Hamlets Community Housing headquarters due to fees for services they said were not being met.
Some cleaning and maintenance bills have doubled since last year, they said. In addition, some people demanded invoices to check if the fees were justified, but claimed they received no detailed explanation.
A campaign group has been created for tenants and tenants to call for “justice” on family complaints on East End estates run by both Tower Hamlets Homes and Tower Hamets community housing organizations.
“Paying for housing services drives people to despair,” said campaign coordinator Hussein Ismail. Advertiser East London…
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“The accusations push them into extreme poverty.
“For some people, the service charge increases to 110 percent, which means an increase of £ 1,200 per year.
“We are tired of the extortion and want to reverse this new service fee increase entirely.”
Campaigners complain that price increases have worsened the situation in the year of the Covid pandemic and “devastating 504 Covid deaths” in Tower Hamlets, with many families now dependent on food banks.
Hussein added: “Many people have lost their jobs and are in complete despair.
“Our homes suffer from dampness, poor repairs and rat infestations. However, complaints are ignored. ”
The campaign is supported by Poplar and Limehouse MP Apsana Begum and Liberal Democrat councilor in Tower Hamlets Rabin Khan.
One 76-year-old tenant who has lived at Shadwell’s Tarling Estate for 50 years said, “They take our money, they don’t do their job. I keep calling and they don’t do anything – a waste of time! ”
Her neighbor complained: “They are exploiting residents at a time when there is great financial insecurity due to the pandemic.”
Families blame “the lack of affordable housing that is driving people out of the East End,” and now “higher service fees are making things worse.”
When Advertiser contacted the Tower Hamlets public housing stock, saying they were aware of the demonstration and were preparing a response.