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The Human Cost of the Social Housing Shortage

Middlesbrough has nearly 1,500 people on its social housing waiting list. Behind those statistics are families kept in limbo, in unsuitable housing or temporary accommodation.  Our member Alwiya and her adult daughter are trapped in this situation. They are living in a house owned by North Star housing association in Middlesbrough, waiting on a move. […]

Win for CIAC Residents!

Thanks to the campaigning of residents of the CIAC building in Middlesbrough and Housing Action Teesside, and to the advocacy of Andy McDonald MP, the Government has finally promised justice for the tenants and leaseholders support under the Government’s energy bill voucher scheme. Like others across Middlesbrough and the country, CIAC building residents are struggling […]

Damp and Mould

Housing Action Teesside has written an open letter to housing associations across the area demanding action on damp and mould issues. This is in response to the national scandal after the tragic death of 2-year old Awaab Ishak, caused by damp and mold in his housing association home. Tenants are demanding that action be taken […]

CIAC Energy Bill Rebate Injustice

Residents of the CIAC (Community in a Cube) building in Middlesbrough have released a petition protesting against the injustice that they are being denied the energy bill support available to other households across the UK.  The residents have been supported in coordinating the petition by the local tenants’ union and housing campaign group, Housing Action […]

2022 Report on Thirteen Housing Group

Executive Summary Housing Action Teesside (HAT) surveyed Thirteen Housing Group tenants in the Tees Valley and found a number of consistent problems faced by tenants. Despite rents increasing during 4.1% 2022 and Thirteen having a surplus of £19.3 million (2021), there appears to be a failure on the part of Thirteen to complete necessary repairs. […]

Thirteen Tenant 3 Minute Survey

We have spoken to many Thirteen Housing Group tenants over the past few months and have been listening to their experiences. If you are a Thirteen tenant, then we would be grateful if you could share your experiences with us. Here is the link to our online questionnaire: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSeL2mGd3tEwXv…/viewform

Housing Associations: The New Rogue Landlords?

A heavily pregnant tenant having to sleep on the sofa and having health issues because of damp which, along with other basic repairs, was going unresolved by her landlord. An elderly tenant with a leak, ending in her ceiling falling in on Christmas day, also because of her landlord failing to do a basic repair. […]

The Case for Council Housing

On 22nd July Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick stated in an interview with ITV that Housing association “executive pay was out of control” and they need to return to the “strong and social moral mission”. Jenrick said this as a deflection tactic when discussing the lack of social housing being built (only 6,000 last year with […]

South Bank Community Land Trust

Following concerns of residents about the increasing number of empty homes in the town a group came together and agreed to form a Community Land Trust (CLT). The intention was to obtain, refurbish and rent homes to local people at affordable rates. That was 4 years ago. In conjunction with our partner registered housing provider […]

The Teesside Eviction Crisis

On 1 June 2021 hundreds of thousands of people across the country woke up to the shocking news that they could face homelessness, due to the government’s ending of the eviction ban. Across Teesside, local residents are finding that the last safety net separating themselves from being forced out onto the streets has been removed, […]