Alex Watts : Hello my name is ***** ***** I will help you with this.
Alex Watts : For now please let me know if you are a council tenant and if so what type of agreement you have?
i am a council tenant, i have the usual council agreement
Alex Watts : Are you a secure tenant?
Alex Watts : Does the agreement allow them to refurbish?
i believe that i am a secure tenant and there is nothing in the agreement with regard to refurbtshment. i hope that this helps geoff rutherford
Alex Watts : Thanks Geoff. On what basis are they seeking to refurbish then if the agreement does not allow it?
thanks alex, as i said in my previous email to you there is nothing in the agreement regarding "refurbishment" by the council
Alex Watts : Ok, I assume you don't want them to do the work?
dear alex, this is correct. geoff
Alex Watts : Ok you need to write to the Chief Officers office at the council and make a formal complaint and say you don't want it done.
Alex Watts : This is because if it is not in the agreement they can refurbish then they can not, it would be breach of contract
Alex Watts : the chief officers office is independent and will examine the complaint. They will come back to you and say whether they uphold the complaint
Alex Watts : If they do not uphold the complaint then you can complain to the local government ombudsman. They are independent of the council and can examine your complaint for free. Their website is www.lgo.org.uk
Alex Watts : If they do not uphold the complaint then you can seek a judicial review of the councils decision. The matter will go before a judge who will examine the agreement and whether or not they have the right to do the work.
Alex Watts : The court will either agree with the decision or remit it back to the council
Alex Watts : Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?