LOCKNER ESTATE – TRA MEETING
Minutes from meeting of 30th January 2013
Lisa Linpower, Chair
Francine Bennett, Secretary
Joe Cranston Turner, Treasurer
Cecile Joseph-Godfrey, Hackney Homes
Portia Marapara, Hackney Homes
Jenny Duval, Dorset Court
Brian Burton, Dorset Court
Xiaoxia He, Wareham Court
Katie Cross, Swanage Court
Rabiye Mustafa, Dorset Court
Edd Sourtherden, Dorset Court
Jon Gascoigne, Wareham Court
Tom Ebbutt (Councillor)
- Feed back result of paint works hearing after February (ES)
- Provide information on leaseholder information sessions (CJG)
- Agree and distribute letter to pram shed applicants (JCT & PM)
1. Painting on the estate
The next stage is that there will be a hearing in February, which the TRAs have submitted a statement of case to. After we find out the judgement from that, the TRA can decide whether further action is necessary.
- Leases haven’t historically been tightly enforced, so leaseholders might have a leasehold that wasn’t scrutinised at the time of purchase and now find themselves liable for any changes that the previous tenant might have made.
- What is the driver behind increased inspection, and how can we deal with changes which have already been made without being heavily penalised? (anecdotally it seems that things have never previously been checked in the history of the estate)
- Are leaseholders and tenants being held responsible to the same standards? Both groups frequently make changes to their properties, it’s unclear whether leaseholders are being more closely scrutinised in this case.
- Hackney Homes charges leaseholders for instructing their surveyor and the cost of redrawing leases, Is this a money-making exercise, given that it’s never been done before, or is there some other driver?
CJG commented that Hackney Homes runs leaseholder information days which she believes do cover such issues, and offered to forward further information on these to the TRA.
4. Pram sheds
She has received 26 applications so far, so we will need to determine rules for who gets what. PM and JCT will discuss further, but at the meeting those present agreed some broad principles:
- Sheds should be allocated according to need
- Those upstairs with young children, who actually have prams, should get first priority as they have daily need for access to downstairs storage
- After that, those upstairs who commute by bicycle or have other very inconvenient objects that they regularly have to carry up and down the stairs
- People who already have a garage or a pramshed or who live downstairs are lower priority, as they are likely to have less need
- People who have older children, or who have children visiting who are not their own, get lower priority, as they also have less frequent need
PM and JCT will consider how to collect information on these factors from applicants in an accurate way, and will agree a draft before anything is sent.