“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated” Confucius
What makes a good residents' association?
A good residents' association is often a group of tenacious people - they get things done and meet regularly to discuss housing, community or environmental matters affecting their block of flats, estate or houses. They also share information, knowledge and skills.
Regardless of whether someone rents or owns their home, the most important thing is that people endeavour to work together to improve the physical conditions of where they live, campaign for better facilities and improve the sense of community in their area.
What affects one person (or several) can affect everyone in the block or area. At the same time, what better way to get to know the people around you, whether it is to interact socially or prevent crimes and anti-social behaviour. If we prefer to shut ourselves away and have less involvement in our immediate communities, everyone will suffer in the end.
*** LATEST NEWS - May 2015 ***
Many thanks to Ellie Lewis for the following information:
Your tenancy deposit protection (TDP) scheme offers a free dispute resolution service if you disagree with your landlord about how much deposit should be returned. You don’t have to use the service but if you do, both you and the landlord have to agree to it. You’ll both be asked to provide evidence, and the decision made about your deposit will be final.
If you can’t contact the landlord
You can ‘raise a dispute’ to get your deposit back if you can’t contact your landlord and your deposit is held by one of the approved TDP schemes... more
Is this the way all retirement
homes should be run?
When the firm running Woodchester village went bust, the Residents' Association took charge...
- Woodchester is thought to be Britain's only mutually run retirement community
- Village is run by its elderly residents, for the residents
- All profit is used to cut the service charge or make improvements - that’s why some areas seem so plush
"Action for Community & Environment" is an environmental charity which creates pro-environmental behaviour change, supports communities to take action in their local area, and works with businesses to adopt best practice in environmental sustainability.