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I live in a one bed room council flat tin Wellington

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I live in a one bed room council flat tin Wellington Somerset. My tenancy has been for well over twenty years. Last year the council (Taunton Deane Borough Council) amalgamated with the West Somerset Council and renamed West Somerset and Taunton Deane Council. The new council has proved itself to be very draconian in its relationship with the tenants of sane flats in as much as taking away our doormats, saying that they are obstructive and fire risks. These flats are in groups of four with a small downstairs communal area.
JA: What steps have you taken so far? Have you prepared or filed any paperwork?
Customer: I have prepared a dossier of complaints and photographs intended for a local councillor
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer about this?
Customer: No. I can not afford this
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: We have all received a letter from someone which is not signed or named but registers them self as the case manager. This person states that there will be a visit tomorrow (12/11/20) so I intend to talk to whoever visits. A neighbour aged 80 was in tears when she received the letter and feared that if she complained she would be evicted. She is a long term tenant.
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Hello again, thank you for your enquiry and your patience.

I am sorry to hear of the treatment you and the other tenants have been receiving. There really should not be a situation where you are fearful of raising concerns about the housing situation or the poor treatment you are receiving.

I note in your message that you had said that you were supposed to have been having a meeting today. I do hope that all issues were resolved at the meeting and you were able to raise your grouses.

If the issues were not resolved, then you may want to look into raising a written complaint about his with the council. Contact your council and ask for the email address for their complaints department. It may be more effective if the complaint letter is written on behalf of all tenants with concern. It will highlight that you are not the only one with the issue. If after raising the concern, they do not resolve the issues raised, then you may want to consider escalating your complaint to the Housing Ombudsman. This is a free, independent service that is mandated with reviewing concerns such as these. They are able to independently assess your complaint to see whether it is of merit. If it is found to be of merit, then they are able to recommend to the council things to do to resolve the concerns you’ve raised.

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