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Ending the rent and service fee scam

Housing associations have a collective surplus of over £4bn. They don’t need to raise rents or service charges. Some associations have even managed to increase their surpluses, even after the government ordered them to lower rents in 2016.

In contrast, a survey by the Social Housing Action Campaign (Shac) found that almost a quarter of respondents could not afford the rent increases that were being imposed on them from April 2022. And 85% are at risk of reducing other essential goods.

A Shac member said she “recently received a new rent and service charge letter from my landlord Clarion Housing. The increase will contribute to a drastic change in my current cost of living, especially when combined with increased energy bills, council tax and other household bills.

If the government has asked social housing providers to reduce rents before, it can do so again and also end fraudulent service charges.

Tenants and residents can also get help from Shac to advertise their local property. E-mail [email protected] with your address and the quantity of flyers you want.

If you would like to hold a protest or local protest outside your landlord’s offices, please let Shac know. They can provide flyers and publicity, and will mobilize support.

  • Demonstration on April 9, 12:00 p.m. at the Upgrade Department, SW1P 4DF