Head of Major Works answers questions and much more!

Welcome to our September newsletter. Lots going on at the moment, so here’s a real smörgåsbord, with something of interest for everyone:

Major Works consultations: Questions and answers
Communal Repairs alerts
Open Surgeries with Councillor Pat Callaghan
Building Cladding issues & our lively discussion board (have you signed up yet?)
Heating/Hot Water options
September “Actual” Statements & our Autumn newsletter
Forum elections update
Open Forum meeting

Major Works
Stephen Platt, Head of Planned Works at Camden Council, will be appearing at the next Leaseholders’ Forum meeting, to describe current policies and answer questions from the Leaseholders’ Forum. Do come along and, subject to time constraints, let your views be known! The meeting is at 6.45pm, Tuesday, 15th September at Camden Town Hall, Judd Street, Kings Cross, WC1H 9JE.

Communal Repairs alerts
The status of communal alerts can now be checked online: https://contact.camden.gov.uk/communal-repairs-statuses-subscription/

At the bottom of the same page there is the option for signing up for text or email alerts, so you get informed whenever there is a new communal repair raised.

p.s. Due to the way these items are initially logged, you are also likely to see some items that are then re-assigned and won’t end up on your repairs bill, so don’t worry about seeing erroneous/wrongly categorised faults with these particular alerts.

Open Surgeries with Councillor Pat Callaghan
Councillor Pat Callaghan (new Cabinet Member for Housing) will be hosting “surgeries” for leaseholders to discuss individual issues before each Leaseholders’ Forum main meeting, starting in November. More details will be available nearer the time.

Building Cladding issues & our lively discussion board
A number of blocks are currently undergoing consultation regarding cladding for their building. This has caused a lively discussion on our discussion boards including tips and shared knowledge. For more information please see: https://www.leaseholdersforum.org.uk/discussion-board/

To sign up for our discussion board and get alerts regarding new posts please visit: https://www.leaseholdersforum.org.uk/sign-up/

We have also been working on a new system to tailor your notifications about new posts, so you can choose whether to have them instantly, daily or weekly. We expect this to be up and running within the next two weeks and will email Discussion Board users once it is live.

Heating/Hot Water options
The council’s latest heating and hot water policy is out (technically it is an “appraisal brief”); it lists the considerations the Council must go through before upgrading or replacing heating and hot water systems. If you are currently undergoing such a scheme, then this is the document for you!

September “Actual” Statements
Camden Council’s “actual” leaseholder statements, containing the adjustment for last year’s (2014-15) service charges are now in the post and should be arriving on your doormat shortly. It also includes our Autumn newsletter – to read it in advance please see: https://www.leaseholdersforum.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/150901-newsletter.pdf

Forum elections
We are pleased to announce that the three yearly Forum elections process has gone very well. There are five districts (Camden Town, Holborn, Gospel Oak, Hampstead and Kentish Town) and in both Camden Town and Hampstead more people applied than there were places available. Leaseholders in those those districts will get ballot papers through the post with more information and full instructions on how to vote for up to five preferred candidates.

Open Meeting
Following on from the elections there will be an Open Meeting at 6.45pm on Tuesday, 24th November. As well as members voting for the new Chair and Vice Chair of the Forum, they will be hearing leaseholders’ (your!) priorities for the next 3 years in relation to what the Forum should do.

That’s it for now!
Paul Ginsberg
on behalf of Camden Leaseholders’ Forum
More information available at: https://www.leaseholdersforum.org.uk

If you know of anyone who would like to receive updates from Camden Leaseholders’ Forum please direct them to https://www.leaseholdersforum.org.uk/mailing-list where they can sign up.

The Leaseholders’ Forum is a volunteer group representing all leaseholders in Camden Council properties and freeholders paying service charges to Camden Council. We scrutinise Camden Council proposals, examine working practices and lobby on behalf of leaseholders to Camden Council.

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