Break-in alert

A leaseholder neighbour from Piggott House had his door kicked in at 18:15 yesterday evening, he says somebody had gone through his belongings but nothing was apparently taken.

Neighbours heard a noise but thought nothing of it.

It is difficult to hear where a noise comes from and finding out what it is. On estates noises are hard to source; and with building work going on in many places it is hardly possible to call emergency services for every aggressive noise one hears.

Whilst I do not want to advocate the view that it is the dwellers fault that their doors kicks in easily and they make it easy for the burglars, I would still recommend that residents install a multi-bolt secure door.

Whilst I do not want to advertise any particular manufacturer, a Google search results in many suitable doors being available.

Perhaps if any readers have seen anything yesterday and retrospectively remember any useful information please inform your local Safer Neighbourhoods Officer or ring 101 or crime stoppers help out anonymously as well on the number 0800 555 111.

Latest housing and SNT news

I am quite impressed by the latest Tower Hamlets Homes newsletter, as it is simply, well laid out and informative. Good to get to know the housing officers for our area. I feel that the customer service at 1 Rushmead is quite good now, but have personally little experience with ringing them.

Great improvement to put the monthly estate inspections on the newsletter so that people can get an e-mail when the officers will arrive to do it, yet only about 15% of Tower Hamlets residents do have a computer but it improves on only the display box information because many of us do not have a display box where we live.

I had enquired about the promised communal areal over a period of months and I am most pleased to read that they have been promised with even a deadline of 2012, hopefully just in time for the Olympics.

I had also argued that sheds would improve the situation for bicycle owners who are not allowed to store the cycles in staircases but have not enough room to bring them into the flats. So many get stolen because of lack of storage and tha t increases the workload for our police who have to make increased efforts to curb the black market that exists for stolen bicycles in the area. I am still hopeful though, because the new sheds with the black doors bear very well and also look good.

Everybody I have spoken to is happy with the new front doors, those are only available for tenants and are the latest in chic and safety. I personally think these doors are more helpful than entry door systems, that don’t really keep those out who want to gain entry into a block, as there is always somebody who open the door for people.

The police had paid special attention to drug dealing around Parkview estate and carried out a number of arrests and even prosecutions.

What remains to be talked about are the arrears for the Old Ford Road neighbourhood which is 50.338 : 634.032. Amazingly the 50.338 is the rent arrears figure whilst leaseholders owe a staggering 634.032. Quite rightly something has to be done to help leaseholders pay those arrears as it may affect the quality of our lives if arrears stop improvement works. I understand that friendly payment plans are on offer or will be on offer shortly.

It is remarkable that a new administrative area has been created as Old Ford Neighbourhood, which is not within the boundaries of the usual Councillor’s patches.

To the forthcoming festival season, the council  has negotiated free tickets for Victoria Park residents, which is good for the young when they can get in for free, yet for those that like the park for its tranquility, they are not so pleased because they cannot find any remedy to escape from the noise.

Prices on purchase may vary after contract

This is an interesting decision from the High Court where the Chancellor of the High Court, Lord Justice Wilson and Lord Justice Stanley Burton dismissed an appeal from a Mrs Refarun Nessa against the London Borough of Tower Hamlets Neutral Citation Number [2010] EWCA Civ 559.

Mrs Nessa, initially with her husband jointly purchased a flat in Silvester House, Bow with a discount of £16.000 and it was evaluated at a price of £175.000. The contract was based on Housing Act 1980 and consolidated with amendments in the Housing Act 1985, Section 122, that the price payable in due course would be based on the open market value of the Flat at the date of service of a notice under Section 125. That was the price on 1. April 2006. Yet another evaluation carried out, raised the price to £209.000 and another notice was served on 9 May 2006. Mrs Nessa initially agreed to the higher price but then changed her mind.

The court had to ascertain which price Mrs Nessa had to pay and Mrs Nessa appealed against a decision of his honour Judge Dight from the Central London County Court. The Court of appeal dismissed the appeal.

It is clear that the price stated in a notice served under section 125 is not set in stone. It may, for example, be affected by the variation of terms of the proposed lease with the consent of the parties or as a result of the determination by the county court of a dispute between them as to those terms: see, for example, paragraph 14 of Schedule 6. I note, also that section 126, which identifies the price to be paid on a conveyance or grant of a lease, does not define it by reference to the price stated in a notice under section 125. However, I would prefer to leave open the question whether there is any and if so what limit on the power of a landlord to vary the price stated in its section 125 notice for decision in a case in which the tenant has not abandoned the purchase originally proposed or agreed to proceed on the basis of a subsequent section 125 notice.

the conclusion of that judgement is if you do not have any spare cash then you might get into difficulties with a purchase if the price rises after a second and higher price evaluation.