Nominations Pour in for Bad Awards!
It is clear that despite record surpluses and highly paid executives, our sector is awash with bad landlords and bad employers as nominations flood in for the Alternative Housing Awards.
Less than a week since nominations opened, we have already received almost 100 nominations from workers and residents. A Clarion resident wrote that
"service to leaseholders is absolutely shocking.They only care for profit and are .. forcing people into financial stress."
The organisation would seem to be a repeat offender on repairs, rent rises and service charge hikes. Another 'leading' provider, Genesis has come in for strong criticisms for:
"making ... tenants' lives hell for many years and it's getting worse by the day."
These front runners are however facing stiff competition from Hyde which was nominated
"for consistently letting their tenants down with repairs, lack of customer care and raising the service charge to supplement this terrible service!"
Clarion, Sanctuary and Catalyst are all currently topping the league of shame in the Bad Employer category. Sanctuary workers highlighted multiple restructures whilst nominating their employer. Catalyst staff are angered by the derecognition of their union, and at Clarion, poor pay, union de-recognition and constant restructuring are all contributing to low staff morale.
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The worst examples will get their gong in April at the HA Workers and Residents Network's Alternative Housing Awards:
5.30pm, Wednesday 26th April
The Lancaster Gate Hotel
66-71 Lancaster Gate, London W2 3NA
This event will take place at the same time and in (almost) the same place as the UK Housing Awards which will be attended by our highly paid HA executives. Please come along and enjoy the Bad Awards for free.