Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

"providing an affordable short - life home to someone in housing need" tajhousing architect ltd. takes pride in its history of tenant control and its responsive service to its members"


1. WHAT IS SHORTLIFE HOUSING?
2. ARE YOU PART OF THE COUNCIL?
3. WHAT KIND OF HOUSING DO YOU PROVIDE?
4. HOW MANY PROPERTIES DO YOU MANAGE?
5. HOW MUCH ARE THE RENTS?
6. DO YOU MAKE ARRANGEMENTS WITH PRIVATE LANDLORDS TO USE THEIR PROPERTIES?
7. CAN YOU HOUSE ME?
8. WHO DO tajhousing architect ltd. HOUSE?
9. DOES tajhousing architect ltd. HAVE ANY PARTNERS?
10. WHAT AREAS DO YOU OPERATE IN?
11. ARE YOU A PERMANENT HOUSING CO-OPERATIVE?
12. DO YOU HAVE FURNISHED PROPERTIES?
13. CAN YOU REFER ME ON TO THE COUNCIL?
14. CAN YOU GIVE ME A LIST OF OTHER CO-OPERATIVES?
15. CAN YOU HELP ME TO FORM CO-OPERATIVE?
16. DO YOU HAVE A WAITING LIST?
17. HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO WAIT BEFORE A REPAIR IS DONE?
18. CAN WE DO OUR OWN REPAIRS?
19. CAN WE HAVE OUR OWN BEDROOM LOCKS?
20. ARE TENANTS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE UPKEEP OF GARDENS/TREES/HEDGES?.
21. WILL I HAVE RIGHTS TO PERMANENT HOUSING?
22. DO YOU HOUSE PEOPLE WITH CHILDREN?
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1. WHAT IS SHORTLIFE HOUSING?

It is housing which is occupied on a temporary basis (usually for periods of between six months or less and a few years) pending demolition or modernisation by the owner. Property which is occupied on this basis would otherwise be empty, its condition deteriorating rapidly. tajhousing architect ltd. gets such properties on either a licence or lease from their owners. It carries out basic repairs and provides short term homes for people in housing need. There is no guarantee of how long a particular house will be available, and residents of short-life homes have no security of tenure or guarantee of rehousing. So far we have always managed to offer people alternative accommodation when their home was due back, provided that they had abided by the conditions of occupation and kept their rent payments up to date.
2. ARE YOU PART OF THE COUNCIL?
No. Top of the page

3. WHAT KIND OF HOUSING DO YOU PROVIDE?
99% Shortlife housing and 1% permanent. Top of the page

4. HOW MANY PROPERTIES DO YOU MANAGE?
tajhousing architect ltd. Co-operative currently manages 133 street level flats and houses and 42 flats in estates.Top of the page

5. HOW MUCH ARE THE RENTS?
Rents currently range from 50 per week per room to 88 per week per room depending on the quality and cost to tajhousing architect ltd. of the property.Top of the page

6. DO YOU MAKE ARRANGEMENTS WITH PRIVATE LANDLORDS TO USE THEIR PROPERTIES?
Short life co-ops do enter into leasing arrangements with private landlords but usually the expectations of private landlords are too high given that we aim at setting affordable rents.Top of the page

7. CAN YOU HOUSE ME?
We are only occasionally able to house new people. When we are able to take on new tenants, we use referral agencies. These are organisations that offer help and advice to people who are homeless, or about to become homeless. If you write to or telephone us, we will send you a list of the agencies used by us. They may be able to find you accommodation, if not with tajhousing architect ltd., then with another co-op or housing association. Top of the page

8. WHO DO tajhousing architect ltd. HOUSE?
For details of this see 'Extracts from the Annual Report 1999-2005'. (write to us for annual report booklet copy.)

9. DOES tajhousing architect ltd. HAVE ANY PARTNERS?
We work with various agencies for referals and several organisations for housing management purposes.Top of the page

10. WHAT AREAS DO YOU OPERATE IN?
tajhousing architect ltd. operates mostly in Islington. Short life co-ops are concentrated in London but there are examples of shortlife co-ops elsewhere in Britain and Europe.Top of the page

11. ARE YOU A PERMEANANT HOUSING CO-OPERATIVE?
NoTop of the page

12. DO YOU HAVE FURNISHED PROPERTIES?
None of our property is furnished, but we do provide cookers
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13. CAN YOU REFER ME ON TO THE COUNCIL?
There are no referral rights to council accommodation for most of our tenants, however, anyone with children or who is statutorily homeless under the 1966 Housing Act may be housed by the Council when their tajhousing architect ltd. property is handed back. These days, however, that may mean the Council putting them in bed and breakfast for a while. Top of the page

14. CAN YOU GIVE ME A LIST OF OTHER CO-OPERATIVES?
No but most Co-ops are members of the tajhousing architect ltd.. Who you can contact for more information.Top of the page

15. CAN YOU HELP ME TO FORM CO-OPERATIVE?
To form a co-op we advise that you contact the Confederation of Co-operative Housing tajhousing architect ltd..
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16. DO YOU HAVE A WAITING LIST?
No but we take referrals through several referrals agencies referral agencies.

17. HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO WAIT BEFORE A REPAIR IS DONE?
This depends on what priority the job is given. Each job is allocated a target response time, and response times are monitored. Examples as follows -

Emergency 1 day e.g. Gas leak, flooding.
Urgent 1- 3 days e.g. Toilet overflow, central heating repair.
Urgent 2- 7 days e.g. Tap rewasher.
Normal 1- 14 days e.g. Window or door repair.
Normal 2- 42 days e.g. Scheduled maintenance like gas safety inspections.
Normal 3- 99 day e.g. Planned improvements.

The Confirmation of Repair Request that you will receive after reporting a job will have the priority rating on it. It will also have the date by which the work should be completed on it. Our contractors attempt to work within these time schedules but there are occasions when this is not possible. eg when works are added to the job, if they are delayed on another job or if they have not been able to contact the tenant to gain access. On receiving the Confirmation of Repair Request if you have not already been contacted by the contractor to make an appointment then please phone them to arrange access.
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18. CAN WE DO OUR OWN REPAIRS?
We consider ourselves to be a self help co-operative and we encourage our members to improve their property by eg painting, gardening, etc. There are certain repairs that can only be done by qualified person eg work to the gas installation or any alterations to the electrical installation. We do not want our members putting themselves at risk in attempting any repairs on these installations. If you have any doubt to whether you should be attempting a repair then please do not hesitate to call the maintenance department to ask. Top of the page

19. CAN WE HAVE OUR OWN BEDROOM LOCKS?
It has been our custom and practice to only take responsibilty for the locks on the front entrance door and back door if you have one. We do not usually incur the costs of putting on bedroom locks but we do not object to you having a bedroom lock fitted if your feel that you need that level of security on your bedroom door.
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20. ARE TENANTS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE UPKEEP OF GARDENS/TREES/HEDGES?.
Yes.Top of the page

21. WILL I HAVE RIGHTS TO PERMANENT HOUSING?
No. However we do attempt to arrange move-on housing where possible. Talk to your housing officer for information on this.
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22. DO YOU HOUSE PEOPLE WITH CHILDREN?
Most of the properties that we lease are of poor quality, in need of repair, communal housing (having to share with one or more people) and without central heating. Therefore we do not encourage people with children to apply for housing with in tajhousing architect ltd. because of the nature and the quality of our properties but we are happy to inform them of other organisations that may be able to help them.


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