19A Hollingdean Terrace
Sick of landlords? How to set up a housing co-op
Tuesday 29th November at Coachwerks, 19a Hollingdean Terrace, Brighton.
Brighton and Hove house prices are nearly 5 times more expensive in 2015 than in 1995 (from £50,000 to £295,000 on average) and it has the highest share of privately renting households (32.5%) of any town and city in England and Wales,according to the Office for National Statistics.
Rip-off rents and letting fees, damp housing, overcrowding and evictions are all too common.
Housing co-operatives are one of many ways to create more genuinely affordable and secure housing in the city.
On Tuesday 29th November at 7PM at Two Piers Housing Co-op (directions below), Mutual Aid in Sussex have organised three people to talk about how they set up their housing co-ops and how they work:
* Andrea Jones, as project manager, is currently helping set upBunker, a housing co-op for low-income families. She is involved with the network of Co-operative Housing in Brighton & Hove (CHIBAH).
* Allie Cannell who fairly recently helped set up Skylark, a housing co-op for young people.
* Helen Russell helped expand Two Piers, the largest and longest-running housing co-op in Brighton & Hove. Helen has clocked up 33 years of co-op living, warts and all. She is the Secretary of CHIBAH, the Chair of the Brighton & Hove Community Land Trust Steering Group, and initiated the rebirth of the Confederation of Co-operative Housing in 1991.
There will be time for both an introduction to housing co-ops as well as more in-depth advice on how to set them up. Space will be given for questions and networking. A tour of Two Piers Housing Co-op will also be given at the end of the talk and refreshments will be provided.
If you’re sick of paying for the holidays of the 2% of the adult population who are landlords, or just want more affordable and secure housing, come along to this talk!
Directions: Go down Bedford Place. Christchurch (which is part of Two Piers) is next to New Venture Theatre. Walk through a tiny car park and find a green door and press on buzzer no. 3 or text 07787 958476 to be let in. If you can’t find it on Bedford Place, also just text or ring the above number
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