Lease Concessions to Tando Property Services Ltd

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Squatters Action for Secure Homes

Dear Newham Borough Council,

I am writing for clarification about terms of deals done between Newham Council and Tando Property Services Ltd, specifically contract/ concession: "Repair and letting service for up to 7 years for properties to be demolished in due course for Canning Town renewal" which commenced on 06/06/2011, managed by the Housing & Public Protection Department. Please could you provide answers to the following questions:

Question 1] How much cash has Newham Council received from Tando Property Services Ltd from the concession to date, starting in 06/06/2011? How much does Newham Council expect to receive by the end of the contract?

Question 2] The contract was set for review in August 2015. Was this done by the council, and if so, please include notes/ details from the review?

Question 3] Has the council checked on the commitments made by Tando Property Services/ Theori Investments with regard placements policy, environmental performance and local economy, as set out in Report - Part B, Section 1.6.1, 1.6.4, 1.4.1, 1.4.3, 2.5)?

Question 4] Please confirm how many property units Tando Property Services currently manage on behalf of the council/ have lease concessions for?

Question 5] Please list the contract details (Contract Title, Annual Value, Commencement, Notes) that Newham Council has with all the following companies: 1) Theori Investments, 2) Tando Homes Ltd, 3) Omega Lettings Ltd, 4) Omega Housing Ltd, 5) Omega Supported Living Ltd, 6) Mears PLC/ Housing Management, 7) Tando Property Services.

Question 6] Are there any conflicts of interests, or declarations of interest, from council officers, councillors or other publically appointed officials with regards contracts with Tando Property Services, Omega Lettings, Mears PLC or Theori Investments (and/or any of their subsidiaries and joint ventures)?

Question 7] Are Tando Property Services properties registered with Newham’s private property licensing scheme, and if so, have any of their properties been flagged up for violations or enforcement action?

Question 8] Please state how much the average rent for concession properties was 1) pre-decant, 2) in each subsequent year of the Tando contract (from 2011).

Question 9] What policies and procedures does Newham Council have in relation to the monitoring the performance of interim property managers (eg Tando Property Services Ltd), their treatment of tenants, and whether the council is getting a fair return/ value for money?

Question 10] State payments of housing benefit/local housing allowance in the period 2010 - 2015 (annually) from Newham Council? If possible, state amounts going to private landlords, housing associations and council properties in each year.

Yours faithfully,

J.A Macdonald

Newham Borough Council

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Squatters Action for Secure Homes

Dear Newham Borough Council,

Please could you inform us when we can expect to receive a response to our FOI request regarding "Lease Concessions to Tando Property Services Ltd" which we sent at the end of November 2015?

Yours faithfully,

Squatters Action for Secure Homes

Squatters Action for Secure Homes

Dear Newham Borough Council,

We are still waiting for information with regards lease concessions to Tando Property Services from Newham Council. Please could you send this information, which is long overdue. If we have not had a reply within a week, we shall need to request an Internal Review.

Yours faithfully,

Squatters Action for Secure Homes