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.