‘Weekly charge for monthly clean is wrong’

Daily Echo: ‘Weekly charge for monthly clean is wrong’ ‘Weekly charge for monthly clean is wrong’

WITH reference to your report concerning the “unwanted” cleaning charge (Daily Echo, February 6), I am a tenant in a four-storey block of seven flats in Southampton city centre and also received a letter from the council concerning the 91 pence a week cleaning charge.

This came as quite a surprise in that a few days previously I received a leaflet to the effect that the council was proposing rent increases of 6.96 per cent this year.

I always assumed that the rent covered the cleaning of the staircase, which is usually swept every two weeks (and washed at the same time if considered necessary by the cleaners).

Although the letter indicated that after speaking to the residents (though nobody seems to know which residents) their top priority was the cleanliness of the blocks, it would appear from a conversation with one of the estate wardens that cleaning will only now be once a month, although a weekly charge of 91p is to be made.

If cleanliness is the top priority surely the blocks should be cleaned more often than just once a month?

Obviously if the charge is implemented I will cease to carry out the cleaning works which I now do for my own satisfaction, ie sweeping of my section of the stairs, tidying of the dustbin and recycling areas, wiping down walls, etc.

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9:24pm Tue 11 Feb 14

loosehead says...

is it in your contract with the council that they will clean all communal areas? does it come under maintenance charges as it does in private flats?
is it in your contract with the council that they will clean all communal areas? does it come under maintenance charges as it does in private flats? loosehead
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12:09pm Wed 12 Feb 14

HillsidePaul says...

Most Council tenants don't get any cleaning done for them, so surely it's only fair that the tenants who do, pay for it. otherwise it is payed for in everyone's rent including those who don't benefit from it.
Most Council tenants don't get any cleaning done for them, so surely it's only fair that the tenants who do, pay for it. otherwise it is payed for in everyone's rent including those who don't benefit from it. HillsidePaul
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12:31pm Wed 12 Feb 14

bigfella777 says...

Quite, best part of 30 quid for a cleaner to come out for 10 minutes once a month just for this block alone. Who works these figures out?
Quite, best part of 30 quid for a cleaner to come out for 10 minutes once a month just for this block alone. Who works these figures out? bigfella777
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5:47pm Thu 13 Feb 14

From the sidelines says...

"Obviously if the charge is implemented I will cease to carry out the cleaning works which I now do for my own satisfaction"

Good for you. You can live in a dirty block. It'll only inconvenience you and the other residents, but you'll sure show the council.

Be sure to let us know if they show signs of caring.
"Obviously if the charge is implemented I will cease to carry out the cleaning works which I now do for my own satisfaction" Good for you. You can live in a dirty block. It'll only inconvenience you and the other residents, but you'll sure show the council. Be sure to let us know if they show signs of caring. From the sidelines
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6:05pm Thu 13 Feb 14

loosehead says...

From the sidelines wrote:
"Obviously if the charge is implemented I will cease to carry out the cleaning works which I now do for my own satisfaction"

Good for you. You can live in a dirty block. It'll only inconvenience you and the other residents, but you'll sure show the council.

Be sure to let us know if they show signs of caring.
totally agree with you on this one
[quote][p][bold]From the sidelines[/bold] wrote: "Obviously if the charge is implemented I will cease to carry out the cleaning works which I now do for my own satisfaction" Good for you. You can live in a dirty block. It'll only inconvenience you and the other residents, but you'll sure show the council. Be sure to let us know if they show signs of caring.[/p][/quote]totally agree with you on this one loosehead
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10:13pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Ronnie G says...

What about the residents of the block having a choice whether they want a cleaner or not?
If the cleaning work will be reduced but not the charge paid by residents then surely this elderly lady and others in her block should get a choice?
Especially as they appear to have had a rent increase?
Whats this pick on the elderly?
Labour took away Council Tax discount for pensioners, adding on that bit extra to pay, now Labour have raised the council tax again!!?
The housing rent increase is a joke, wasn't there a 6% rise not long ago on houses and 2.6% think added to rent on flats. They get stung with 2x rent increases, 2x council tax increases, get stung on their bus passes then in roundabout way get stung with public transport because the council have reduced the funding for 'certain city areas' that is until Keith and Don spoke out, now the elderly have to pay more for a job than it is worth because it's being reduced? Did they ask for this service or was it already in their tenant contract? Do they get the choice of IF they still want this service now it is a substandard service?
Course not, it's another little extra on top for pensioners to pay out for.
What about the residents of the block having a choice whether they want a cleaner or not? If the cleaning work will be reduced but not the charge paid by residents then surely this elderly lady and others in her block should get a choice? Especially as they appear to have had a rent increase? Whats this pick on the elderly? Labour took away Council Tax discount for pensioners, adding on that bit extra to pay, now Labour have raised the council tax again!!? The housing rent increase is a joke, wasn't there a 6% rise not long ago on houses and 2.6% think added to rent on flats. They get stung with 2x rent increases, 2x council tax increases, get stung on their bus passes then in roundabout way get stung with public transport because the council have reduced the funding for 'certain city areas' that is until Keith and Don spoke out, now the elderly have to pay more for a job than it is worth because it's being reduced? Did they ask for this service or was it already in their tenant contract? Do they get the choice of IF they still want this service now it is a substandard service? Course not, it's another little extra on top for pensioners to pay out for. Ronnie G
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6:51am Fri 14 Feb 14

loosehead says...

Ronnie G wrote:
What about the residents of the block having a choice whether they want a cleaner or not?
If the cleaning work will be reduced but not the charge paid by residents then surely this elderly lady and others in her block should get a choice?
Especially as they appear to have had a rent increase?
Whats this pick on the elderly?
Labour took away Council Tax discount for pensioners, adding on that bit extra to pay, now Labour have raised the council tax again!!?
The housing rent increase is a joke, wasn't there a 6% rise not long ago on houses and 2.6% think added to rent on flats. They get stung with 2x rent increases, 2x council tax increases, get stung on their bus passes then in roundabout way get stung with public transport because the council have reduced the funding for 'certain city areas' that is until Keith and Don spoke out, now the elderly have to pay more for a job than it is worth because it's being reduced? Did they ask for this service or was it already in their tenant contract? Do they get the choice of IF they still want this service now it is a substandard service?
Course not, it's another little extra on top for pensioners to pay out for.
RonnieG there are Labour supporters on this site who would love to see the cap on how much they can increase council tax removed so we should feel lucky that they can't charge more than 2%.
If they can look at the rental agreement with the council & this cleaning is part of the maintenance charge which is in the rent then Morrel who's picture is in this photo should know they have every legitimate right to contest this charge.
If not then why not find a group of people willing to clean these hallways & stairs from the residents who live there?
I lived in a private block & even though we paid to have it done we would take turns to hoover & clean ourselves as we took pride in where we lived so why aren't these council tenants? after all they have somewhere to live don't they?
[quote][p][bold]Ronnie G[/bold] wrote: What about the residents of the block having a choice whether they want a cleaner or not? If the cleaning work will be reduced but not the charge paid by residents then surely this elderly lady and others in her block should get a choice? Especially as they appear to have had a rent increase? Whats this pick on the elderly? Labour took away Council Tax discount for pensioners, adding on that bit extra to pay, now Labour have raised the council tax again!!? The housing rent increase is a joke, wasn't there a 6% rise not long ago on houses and 2.6% think added to rent on flats. They get stung with 2x rent increases, 2x council tax increases, get stung on their bus passes then in roundabout way get stung with public transport because the council have reduced the funding for 'certain city areas' that is until Keith and Don spoke out, now the elderly have to pay more for a job than it is worth because it's being reduced? Did they ask for this service or was it already in their tenant contract? Do they get the choice of IF they still want this service now it is a substandard service? Course not, it's another little extra on top for pensioners to pay out for.[/p][/quote]RonnieG there are Labour supporters on this site who would love to see the cap on how much they can increase council tax removed so we should feel lucky that they can't charge more than 2%. If they can look at the rental agreement with the council & this cleaning is part of the maintenance charge which is in the rent then Morrel who's picture is in this photo should know they have every legitimate right to contest this charge. If not then why not find a group of people willing to clean these hallways & stairs from the residents who live there? I lived in a private block & even though we paid to have it done we would take turns to hoover & clean ourselves as we took pride in where we lived so why aren't these council tenants? after all they have somewhere to live don't they? loosehead
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