Dulwich Conservative Councillor Lewis Robinson has welcomed the call by Eric Pickles yesterday to stop “leaseholders being ripped off by inefficient municipal landlords”, who are being charged ever rising service and major works charges.
It was reported in the Evening Standard yesterday that Mr Pickles is to announce plans to change the law to prevent such cases, and already constituents of Lewis have been in touch with Eric Pickles welcoming the news.
Lewis has been dealing with individual cases where bills for major works have been financially crippling individual leaseholders, and the Council is already facing leasehold tribunal challenges as to whether all the work is necessary.
Cllr Lewis Robinson, said;
“I am delighted that Eric has taken the decision to address the problem of leaseholders facing escalating and wrong service and major works bills. Many leaseholders have told me that they feel the Council just “treats them like a cash point”.
I am also aware that unlike Southwark Council, Conservative controlled Hammersmith and Fulham has managed to reduce the total amount of service charges being paid by their leaseholders by almost 5% this year alone, and offers generous discounts on invoices that are paid promptly.”
“It is about time that instead of attacking the Right to Buy, Southwark’s Labour Council stands up for honest hardworking former council tenants who have managed to fulfil their housing dream by purchasing their property. Hammersmith demonstrates that by being more efficient it is possible to reduce service charges.”