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Rewiring wasn't necessary

PUBLISHED: 16:32 06 October 2010 | UPDATED: 11:13 14 October 2010

ONCE again Homes for Islington (HfI) and its contractors are using tactics to force tenants to have its electrics rewired unnecessarily. It often uses outdated surface trunking which is an eyesore in people's homes.

ONCE again Homes for Islington (HfI) and its contractors are using tactics to force tenants to have its electrics rewired unnecessarily.

It often uses outdated surface trunking which is an eyesore in people's homes.

To prevent this happening on our estate, our tenant management committee decided to have an independent inspection by an electrical company. They also decided to have new top grade fuse boxes installed.

The inspection showed that it was not necessary to have a rewire. They gave each flat an inspection certificate giving it the OK. This was paid for by savings our Co-op had accumulated over 30 years of self-management.

Now we have contractors on site renewing the much needed kitchens and bathrooms for tenants under the decent homes programme. After ripping out the old kitchens and bathrooms and leaving some tenants for five days without these facilities, they were visited by HfI contractors who insisted that they would carry out a rewire.

When tenants objected, they were told that if they did not have this work done they would stop all further work and leave some flats without facilities to cook and wash.

This waste of money could help to upgrade other homes in the borough which are in great need of repair. - P.J. Leamy, Cowdenbeath Path, N1.


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