We are in the process of completing the refitting of laundries with cashless machines in all our buildings. At Sentosa, N1 we’ve also refitted the laundry room, installed an additional WC and will be fitting new floor coverings.
We have just completed roof repairs at Sentosa, repointed the brickwork to the front of the building at 125, and will shortly carry out some additional guttering, plaster work and window weatherproofing. We also fitted new emergency lighting at Jeannine.
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Building Works at Sentosa House, N1
We are currently carrying out roof works at Sentosa House, N1. Our contractors will begin repointing the brickwork to the front of No 125 on Monday 17th October, which should take about a week. We also be clearing and renewing gutters and surveying window frames, carrying out repairs where necessary.
Laundry at Sentosa House, N1
The laundry machines have been replaced this week with cashless units. Laundry cards have been delivered to your buildings already. Please watch the explanatory video that has been emailed to you.
Laundry at Jeannine House, W1
All of the machines at W1 will be replaced with new cashless units next week. The laundry will be out of action for a few days while the new system is installed. Laundry cards will be distributed to all residents on Monday 17th October (in your mailboxes).
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We have now completed the landscaping at Anson Road, with the last areas of the front garden finished in September.
We are in consultation with Islington's waste and recycling services on the re-siting of the bin areas.
A new Board was elected at Zebra’s annual general meeting on 29 September. Alison Ahearn continues as Chair and the Board is joined by new member, Roland Shanks, who works for the University of London in their housing division.
The new Zebra Board met later that evening. It agreed a new policy on Data Protection which complies with best practice in the area and a new business continuity procedure; it also looked at “market renting” up to 9 of Zebra’s flats for a limited period. Our thinking is that it would be useful to raise extra cash by letting a limited number of flats at their market rental value to enable us to develop more homes and these new homes would be for international students that would be let at ordinary Zebra rents i.e. between 20% and 30% lower than the market.
The Board is still considering the proposal and particularly looking at whom we might let “market rented homes” to. We think it would be sensible and more in keeping with our aims and objectives if we let our “market rented” homes to those from outside the UK and associated with academe – because these are areas that we are familiar with. So our target group for “market renting” would be visiting academic staff and post-doctoral students – people who we currently exclude from our general waiting list. And we would let properties for a minimum 6 month period. This group typically have more income than our current resident group and therefore can afford a higher rent.
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