Finchley Charities service charge hikes challenged
The Finchley Charities, which provides affordable housing at three locations in Finchley, have been criticised for a proposal to increase maintenance charges by 30% by Labour London Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden Andrew Dismore and Labour Councillors.
One resident who has spoken to local Councillors said their rent was being increased from £135 per week to £175, or £2,080 a year. This rent rise is most likely to affect tenants who work.
Mr Dismore said:
‘We have written to Finchley Charities to gain some clarity about what these proposals are, how much they plan on increasing charges, who is likely to be affected and how many are. We have urged them to reconsider their proposals, or at least make increases over time rather than in one go.’
East Finchley Councillor Arjun Mittra said:
‘Finchley Charities have managed this appallingly. They have given the residents very little time in consultation, nor explained why they need such a substantial and punitive increase in charges. Given they are a charity, one would expect better than present a group of older and less well-off tenants with what amounts to a fait accompli. To leave their tenants having to pay over £2,000 out of their own pockets is unacceptable.’
- Andrew Dismore is the Labour London Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden