26th April 2014.
For your information, me and my family (a pensioner husband, an 18yr daughter, two sons,13yr and an8yr old) are tenants of Genesis Housing Ass.
We moved to 11b Huddlestone Road, originally a 1-Bed flat converted into a 2-Bed 3persons flat provided by PCHA at the end January 1999.Genesis took over in early 2011 as the new Landlord.
The flat/accommodation needed urgent repairs as it was neglected for a good decade and was seriously affecting our health and wellbeing. Not much was happening.
We contacted our MP(Sarah Teather),the Housing Ombudsmen and finally the Head Of Brent Housing, they in turn contacted Genesis who then decided to take action on the matter.
We were sent copies of correspondence from all parties, including a copy from Brent, stating ’London borough Of Brent Housing Act.2004,section 29,Hazard Awareness Notice’. It has stated ‘once the tenancy has expired or the existing occupants move ,ensure that the number of individuals occupying the house is restricted to a maximum of four persons’.
Genesis therefore decided major repairs would have to be carried out and insisted we sign an agreement to move out temporary. As we had no alternative and with the state of the accommodation a serious health hazard I would say we were coerced to sign the agreement.
Genesis took us to Willesden County Court on the 22nd April 2014,after ignoring countless pleas for a suitable accommodation and the Judge decided we should use the living /sitting room as a bedroom even though its partitioned with the kitchen next to it. He reckons it is not a hazard and all we have to do is to be careful.
We would like your advice and if an appeal is possible as this has left us in a vulnerable and dangerous position, causing some sleepless nights.
Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX hear from you soon, God’ Bless!