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Soho Housing Association: letting people go

letting people go

In my last post, I referred to housing officers voluntarily leaving the employ of Soho Housing. In fact, unless they leave voluntarily, there is no meaningful official process for getting rid of staff from Soho Housing (but, as it turns out, there is no need for one). Of course, if you are in need of occupational therapy, you can fill out their complaint forms and appeal their decision, but you would be wasting your time. Occasionally, however, there are staff members that are a liability, even to Soho Housing and I have met two such people.

The first was the housing officer who had me committed to the funny farm. This poor woman appeared to be semi literate, with a poor grasp of the English language, which made her an ideal person to manipulate into signing false statements and making false allegations that were required by the mental illness industry. Once she had got rid of me (or so they thought!), there could be no further use for such an incompetent person, especially as she was showing signs of remorse and talking about helping me to keep my flat.

At this point another Housing Association might have found itself having to deal with matters of redundancy payments and employment tribunals, but Soho Housing Association moves in exalted circles and does not need to bother with such trifles. Very fortunately for Soho Housing, the lady in question developed a mystery  pain in her leg which necessitated her leaving Soho Housing of her own accord.

Her  name wasn’t Patsy, but it should have been.

The phenomenal luck of Soho Housing Association

The second person  to go was actually named Chris. She was an ambitious woman with a pudding bowl haircut, who loved having her picture taken with important officers of Westminster Council. Chris Best was the chief executive officer of Soho Housing.

The tenant members of Soho Housing Association are, on the whole, a biddable flock of sheep, but even they demurred when they were asked to overturn the constitution of Soho Housing, in order to allow Chris Best, as CEO, to be co-opted onto the Board, something which had hitherto been against the rules. However, the membership knew and trusted Chris Best and so, they voted for the change.

Once she had been voted onto the Board, the phenomenal luck of Soho Housing Association struck once more: Chris Best developed a mystery illness, which forced her to leave Soho Housing Association.

The new CEO, naturally, went straight on to the Board. Would the members have voted for him? Who knows?

Before she left, Chris Best was able to describe to us, the mystery illness that necessitated her leaving Soho Housing. She said that she had a constant pounding in her ears and felt all the time as if she had a hangover, but without having taken a drink. Hmm … sounds a lot like electronic harassment to me … If modern policing methods had anything to do with the mystery illness that struck Chris Best, she has only herself to blame. Since she was an ardent supporter of the heavy police involvement in Soho Housing, she got what she deserved.

It is significant that since I started this blog, nobody from Soho Housing has approached me. It would seem that they are expecting the luck of Soho Housing Association to come in threes and that I, too, will be carried off by a mystery illness, thus relieving them of any need to negotiate.

A reference for Steven Baker of Soho Housing Association

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Soon after I posted it last week, this blog was hacked and the first paragraph of this post deleted. Here is what the hackers did not want you to see:

There is very little for housing officers to do at Soho Housing.

Maintenance and repairs are farmed out to an unreliable contractor, because that is the cheapest option. Other matters are farmed out to a new, commercial arm of Soho Housing Association,  Soho Ltd.

It may be that Soho Housing Association was always intended to morph one day into Soho Ltd. For the time being however, it appears desirable that Soho Housing  retain the appearance of being a charitable housing association and, to this end, a skeleton staff of housing officers is maintained. Steven Baker is one of these few.

It is not clear what Steven Baker has to do all day. Apart from forcing me to entertain him in my flat, his only service to me as a tenant has been to send me around a dozen letters, threatening me with ASBO proceedings and to spread nefarious rumours about me to Westminster Council and anybody else, who will listen.

As housing officers do not usually wish to remain long in the employ of Soho Housing Association, I expect that Steven Baker will soon be looking for another job. As he has shown such interest in my welfare, I would like to repay the favour by giving him a job reference. Here it is:

A reference for Steven Baker of Soho Housing Association

This person shows a good deal of favouritism when he is dealing with tenants. The slightest grumble about me from my upstairs neighbour is treated by him as a reason to begin ASBO proceedings, however, when the situation is reversed and I have occasion to complain about my neighbours, Steven Baker takes no action to redress the problem.

On the plus side, he has shown a lively, if lurid imagination, when writing and speaking to all and sundry about me, and I would recommend him for work as a writer of fiction. Good luck.

Soho Housing Association: Why there is no escape.

I continue to receive mail in the name of Mr A Ryan. I also received a copy of a letter signed by Steven Baker of Soho Housing Association. The letter states six bare-faced lies about me. Although it is addressed to me, it is obviously really intended to be read by the other agencies it is copied to and to portray me yet again as insane, incompetent and unworthy to hold a tenancy. From this I deduce that Soho Housing Association and its cohort of bent policemen and crooked council officials are once again hatching a plot to harass me out of my tenancy. I will say more about Steven Baker of Soho Housing Association, in my next post.

They are likely to succeed in getting rid of me eventually, because they spend the rent money on highly competent lawyers, whereas the rent payers can only afford special bad lawyers for poor people.

There is no escape from the malevolence  of Soho Housing Association.

 

It is reasonable, in the circumstances, to ask why I do not take my own advice and look for another landlord. There are many reasons why I should not do that, but the main reason is:

The sad truth is that there is no escape from the malevolence of Soho Housing Association and my only hope of any alleviation of my circumstances is to remain exactly where I am for as long as I can.

The reason there is no escape from the malevolence of Soho Housing Association is that, as I have learned from the Police Complaints Commission, a police section to a mental hospital is recorded as an arrest. This explains why most police officers I have met, prefer to fit people up for the mental hospital, rather than chase criminals, as it is quicker, safer and less trouble to lock up innocent people and the arrest total will be the same.

This means that when Soho Housing Association caused me to be abducted and imprisoned in the insane asylum, it thereby ensured that I would be on the police database for the rest of my life. Presumably this is why they felt they needed to break into my flat and remove me under section, rather than extend a civilised invitation, which I could accept or decline.

My police record, courtesy of Soho Housing Association, follows me wherever I go, including internationally. This has been proved repeatedly, whenever I have left home for days, weeks or months. Wherever I go in the world, there is a police reception waiting for me, when I arrive.

It may be just one police helicopter, circling in the sky above, but there have also been occasions when the local police have rushed to the spot, sirens blaring, only to wander around aimlessly when they arrive, as there is actually nothing for them to do. But they always make sure that I am minutely monitored while I am in their area, using the TETRA equipment with which they are supplied. This TETRA equipment is so intrusive and unnatural that its use constitutes a form of torture.

Naturally the police are happy to use this TETRA torture on me and thousands like me, but their joy may be short-lived as, according  to Dr Barry Trower, the police officers who use it are now all getting cancer.

But, there is no need for me to leave the country, or even my area, to be aware of the constant surveillance I am under. I have only to go into any department store. I can expect to be met there by solicitous enquiries after my (mental) health, the staff having been warned by “security”, that a well known nutcase was about to enter the building. And “security” makes sure I leave the shop as soon as possible, keeping a close eye on me, all the time I am there.

Soho Housing Association Breaking into your flat 3

ImageHere is a copy of my latest correspondence with Westminster Council Environmental Health.

Dear Ian Hennessy

I acknowledge receipt of your letter of 14 May on which I make the following points.

  1. You say that the flat was found in a dirty condition. I refrained from cleaning it when I knew of your visit since I wanted to demonstrate that the smell is not coming from my flat.
  2. For a very long time there has been a bad smell in the corridor but you have done nothing about it. You can see that it is not attributable to my flat. Accordingly, I request you to deal with the smell as a matter of urgency.
  3. As a matter of general comment, I dislike the tone of your letter. You have not found anything about which you are making requirements and I feel an apology would be in order.
  4. I also dislike the suggestion in your letter that I have psychiatric problems that are causing problems with which you have to be involved. It is irrelevant to any environmental health issue whether or not I have support from any other organisation.

Needless to say, I have received no apology from Ian Hennessy and Soho Housing Association has done nothing whatever to locate the cause of the alleged smell in the corridor of the building, even though they professed to be so concerned about its importance that they had to call out Ian Hennessy, the Westminster Council Environmental Health inspector to deal with it.

I said in my last post that Soho Housing Association is using the same corrupt departments of Westminster City Council and the same corrupt elements of Westminster City police against me, as it did before, and now it appears they may be about to repeat the police scam they did earlier.

It is a very simple scam: I found myself receiving a large number of debt demands in the name of a person who did not live at my address. A police warrant was obtained in the name of this person, who is, in fact, dead and my home was broken into on the basis of this warrant.

I am now receiving a large number of debt demands in the name of a Mr A Ryan, who may or may not be dead. All efforts to contact the debt collectors have failed and, for all I know, a warrant is being applied for as I write.

This kind of scam has no consequences for the police. On the previous occasion I could complain to the Police Complaints Commission, but the police had only to say that they sincerely believed that the dead person lived at my address, to get the matter dropped. If I were to do the same thing now, they would not even have to answer the complaint.  On past showing, they would simply refuse to record it on the grounds that it was repetitive.

Soho Housing Association, breaking into your flat 2

ImageSince I was reluctantly and tardily released from the mental asylum, Soho Housing Association has not stopped trying to put me back in there, and, since I have started this blog, Soho Housing Association has redoubled its efforts to put me away and steal my flat from me.

Incredibly, they are using exactly the same methods, corrupt tenants and corrupt departments of Westminster Council that they used before!

I received a letter from one such department, whose officer has invited himself to my flat. If I don’t let him in, he will break in, but he ends the letter, cheerily, “See you next Thursday”.

Here is my reply:

Sir,

 

Regarding your proposal to make an informal visit to my flat on 25th April.

 

I do not engage in informal arrangements with officers of Westminster Council.

 

I will be seeing my solicitor today, Tuesday and we will send a formal reply to your proposal, which will be copied to your supervisor, Steve Harrison. If you are unwilling to wait to receive the reply that we will send to your letter, and are determined to obtain a warrant of entry, please make sure that warrant is lawfully obtained, and not by perjury, as was the case with the last warrant obtained by Westminster Council. I am at present engaged in seeking redress from George Christian, the officer who unlawfully obtained it.

 

I look forward to not seeing you next Thursday.

 

At the last break-in by Soho Housing Association, which ended with my indefinite incarceration in the asylum, I also arranged to see a solicitor. Somehow, it seems that Soho Housing Association found out the date that I was to see the solicitor and they broke in the day before. How did they find out? Perhaps their favourite tenants, who work in the Metropolitan Police Service tipped them off.

 

Soho Housing Association: benefits from torture

12285612-cute-wood-mouse-sitting-on-hind-legsIn my earlier post ,

Soho Housing Association, subsidence and rodent infestation, I spoke about the method I used to control the rodent infestation in my flat, which was caused by cracks in the floor, which Soho Housing Association refused to mend. I resorted to the use of electronic rodent repellents.  Electronic repellents work by making the animal leave its home because it is subjected to unbearable torture, in the form of nervous disruption and sound frequency, for as long as it stays. Electronic repellents are animal specific and there is a specific electronic repellent for moles, for dogs, for birds, for cats etc. They are available on the open market. They are popular because they are remote devices, involving no physical interaction with the animal being tortured.

You may think that, since there is an electronic repellent for other animals, there is probably one  specific to  humans too, and you would not be wrong. The mosquito is a successful device that is marketed for this purpose. Furthermore, it is easy to obtain a  device, from sex aid catalogues, which allows one person to stimulate, or otherwise affect another person’s internal organs, without physically going near them. These two devices and, probably, many more like them, are currently available  and have been and are, in use.  So there was no reason to doubt my sanity because I complained that similar devices were being used to torture me, while a tenant of Soho Housing Association.

There is no evidence that Soho Housing Association was directly complicit in the torture. However, it is safe to say that Soho Housing Association benefited from the torture, since my complaints about it were used by Soho Housing Association as one of its reasons to send me to the madhouse.

While I was  locked up, Soho Housing employed a contractor, who spent several weeks mending the floor of my flat, which they did not expect me to re-enter. I suppose that insurance providers would respond favourably to a landlord, who claimed that the floor of an apartment had been damaged by a mentally deranged tenant, who was now in a mental hospital.

Soho Housing Association: breaking into your flat

breakAlthough Soho Housing Association is always inviting itself to visit you in your flat, it does not like to be seen as breaking into its tenants’ flats. However, break-ins do occur and as the flats cannot be accessed without the co-operation of Soho Housing Association, it is safe to say that they aid and abet these break-ins.

My life as a tenant of Soho Housing Association has been marked by a continuous threat that my home will be broken into by contractors or other associates of Soho Housing Association and on three occasions this has actually happened. The most recent occasion was the time when Soho Housing Association applied to have me imprisoned indefinitely in a mental  hospital. The time before that, my flat was broken into by Westminster Council, again with the connivance of Soho Housing Association.  Before that, Soho Housing Association allowed Westminster City Police to break into my flat on an obviously fake warrant.

Apart from the actual break-ins listed above,    I have suffered numerous events of people purporting to be contractors for Soho Housing Association, banging on my door or ringing my doorbell in an intimidating fashion. I was terrorised by one particular contractor, who bore a strong resemblance to a police officer who had been involved in a previous break-in. This person would turn on his electric drill and stand outside my front door with it. The sound was reminiscent of the sound made by the locksmith when he breaks into my flat on their behalf. They always employ the same locksmith. He seems very enthusiastic about his work and it must earn him a good living.

Soho Housing Association, kangaroo courts

11385415-kangaroo-road-sign-with-australia-mapNaturally when a tenant is having problems with their landlord, they try to seek help.

Soho Housing Association provides a number of avenues that a tenant may use to try to redress the problems that they acquire as a result of being a tenant of Soho Housing Association. Without exception they are tortuous and time consuming and the tenant will normally find that the avenue leads them to a blind alley.

In my case, my first resource, when I found I had problems with Soho Housing Association, was to seek solidarity with other tenants. I heard there was a Soho Housing Tenants Association, so that was my first port of call.

Imagine my dismay, when, on my first attendance, I found that the Chairperson of the tenants association was none other than the wife  of the Soho Housing Association Board member who had been watching my flat! I had no choice but to try to put my case before the other tenants, but by looks and facial expressions, the Chairperson made it clear to them that they were not expected to take what I said seriously. I wasted a lot of time attending these tenant meetings, and, at the end, my situation was worse than when I began.

There was apparently, another channel open to me. This was the Soho Housing Association Residents Forum, but that turned out to be a kangaroo court, in which tenants were encouraged, not to complain against Soho Housing Association, but to voice unfounded accusations against their neighbours, ( for instance, so and so is a drug dealer), presumably for the delectation of the listening plain clothes police officers, also tenants, who attended these meetings.

Soho Housing Association financial irregularities

Ian BrittonSoon after my tenancy was acquired by property developer, Soho Housing Association, I and other tenants began to notice huge arrears recorded on our rent accounts. It proved impossible to get these errors corrected, although we petitioned Soho Housing Association for  months and months. Eventually our rent accounts went back to recording accurate sums of money, but we never got an explanation for what had happened and the large arrears remained on Soho Housing Association main account, only now they were recorded as bad debts. As a shareholder in Soho Housing Association, I attended the Soho Housing Association annual general meeting to point out that it was unfair to record the missing money as bad debt, as this made it look as if the tenants had owed it in the first place, which we had not, and as if we had not repaid it, which was untrue, and as if Soho Housing Association were the sort of organisation that forgives financial debt owed by its tenants, which is most emphatically, not the case!

In those days, I was unaware of two things about Soho Housing Association.

  1. It is normally a total waste of time to try to bring up any issue at any meeting of Soho Housing Association and expect to see it resolved in the tenants favour. This only happens in the case of a few, privileged tenants.
  2. It is normal Soho Housing Association practice to blame the tenant when things go wrong. The reason for this practice appears to be financial. The cheapest option when it comes to insurance claims, lawsuits and so on, is to blame the tenant. If the mental health of the tenant can be impugned, then there is no liability and nothing to pay.

Contractors hired by Soho Housing Association soon become aware of the two points above and naturally they exploit them to the maximum, knowing they will never be blamed for any shoddy work or poor practice as long as they are careful to heap opprobium on the victim, ie., whichever unfortunate tenant of Soho Housing Association they are working for, at the moment.

Soho Housing Association: subsidence and rodent infestation

Soon after my tenancy was acquired by property developer, Soho Housing Association, I was required to move out of my accommodation. Subsidence had been discovered in the building I inhabited and I was moved to another flat in the same compound.

Shortly after I moved in, this flat too, started showing signs of subsidence. I reported to Soho Housing Association that there was a widening crack in the floorboards. Their response was to tell me to get a carpet.

As, possibly, the result of sudsidence, but more likely because Soho Housing Association will not pay anybody to clean the place regularly, I had to learn to live with a damp smell in the front hallway, which seeped through to my flat, from time to time. Soho Housing Association encouraged the other tenants to think that the bad smell was the result of my, allegedly, filthy habits.

Meanwhile, the crack in the floor began to admit rodents to my flat. Again, Soho Housing Association told me this was my responsibility. I invested in electric devices which helped a bit and eventually, Soho Housing Association engaged a pest control company, at the tenants’ expense.

The firm put down some poison but it had no effect, and their contract was terminated. The rodent problem continued, however, and I had to keep food and valuables under cover, in the bath to try to protect them from being nibbled by mice, which were everywhere by now.

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