Rent increase 2014
This week (24th February), tenants will receive annual rent increase letters - we have put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions here, to help with any areas that might need a little more explaining. If after reading these you have any further questions, please get in touch on 01494 476100.
Affordable housing - be in with a chance of winning shopping vouchers!
The National Housing Federation and a group of London Housing Associations, are arranging a major piece of work on affordable housing, to look at the impact it has on residents lives, including things like health, jobs and general wellbeing.
To be in with a chance of winning £250 of high street vouchers, simply answer 13 short multiple choice questions in this survey, which should take no longer than five minutes to complete.
The information collected will be used to inform the research. All information will be anonymous and non-attributable and will be treated confidentially and only used for the purpose of this research.
January is always a difficult month when it comes to money...we’ve had the festive season, it’s cold and there’s lots to plan for. We are here to support those of you who are struggling, but at the same time we have to be firm and take strong action against people who have failed to pay their rent.
Despite supporting tenants and using our dedicated team to try and help, this week alone two tenants lost their homes because of arrears that had built up. Another family have also been given seven days by a judge to clear their debt and a family paid a substantial lump sum to clear their arrears and court costs.
This week is Debt Awareness Week, so it’s a timely reminder to take stock of your rent account and make sure that you are planning for your payments. Take this five question test to see the if you can spot the danger signs of debt. Remember – we are here to help but we will act where we have to.
Save money on your energy bills!
Save money on your energy bills! My Home Energy Switch is a free, impartial energy comparison site that can help you save money on your gas and electricity. On average customers have saved £156.40 on their energy bills. Visit www.myhomeenergyswitch.org.uk or call the freephone number: 0800 0014 706.
Improvements to your home!
Results from the stock condition survey are now in and we can finally reveal our improvement programme! Read all the very important information here: Improvements!
Tenancy Awareness Course offered for tenants who have been served with a Notice of Seeking Possession and are not acting in line with their tenancy. Just as a speed awareness course gives drivers the opportunity to avoid points on their licence, tenants will be given the option of attending a two-hour course, rather than Red Kite moving ahead with possession proceedings (for example, because of anti-social behaviour or rent arrears)...
Red Kite are delighted to announce that our Core Procurement Group, made up of tenants and leaseholders, have reached finalist status for a second year running in the National Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards 2014/15, this time for Procurement Initiative of the Year.
Annual rent increase letters are now being sent to tenants...read more about it here...