Living in Glenkerry

Why are we different?

Glenkerry House is a self-run, independent co-operative housing association in Poplar, East London. Members of the association own their flats and share the running of the association – both financially and administratively.

We accept direct applications from prospective residents. Applicants must show that they meet the criteria, including willingness and ability to help run the association, and financial means to obtain a mortgage to buy their property, pay a monthly service charge and the usual household bills.

Situated within a Grade II listed area Glenkerry House and the neighbouring Balfron Tower and Carradale House were designed by the Hungarian architect, Ernő Goldfinger. He is also responsible for similar blocks in West London, the Grade II listed Trellick Tower.

Comprising 75 flats and four maisonettes, Glenkerry House is a thirteen storey building and was completed in 1977/78. It is regarded as a model for co-operative management of buildings of the type, embracing a community feel with social activities. All flats are sold through the co-operative from its own waiting list. The flats are bought and sold at a ‘discounted’ price, making them more affordable than properties on the open market.

Am I?

Everyone who buys in to Glenkerry Co-operative Housing Association (GCHA), which is a registered provider of social housing at intermediate level, must meet a set of headline eligibility criteria, but before reading further please note the following:

  • In addition to the eligibility notes below you must be prepared to actively participate in the running of the Association. This will mean from 6 hours per month up to 6-8 hours per week whilst you are serving on the committee.
  • GCHA uses the Shelter organisation's definition of “number of rooms” occupancy
  • Every application by multiple non-family members (2 or more people unrelated and not in a relationship) is only accepted on a “joint and several” basis – where each person is equally and jointly responsible any arrears or defaults that occur.

 

You are if...

  • You have a minimum gross household income of between £23,000 and £25,000* per annum for a one-bedroom property depending on the amount of deposit you have available. If you apply for a 2-bedroom or larger property you will need a higher level of salary again depending on the amount of deposit you have. You must not exceed the maximum stipulated by the Mayor of London and GLA
  • and you have adequate savings to cover the deposit and expenses, e.g. solicitor's fees
  • and you are unable to purchase a suitable home to meet your housing needs on the open market
  • and you do not already own a home or you will have sold your current home before you purchase
  • and you are and can give positive examples of how you are committed to living within and being prepared to be an active member of living a co-operative life-style and ethos
  • and you intend and maintain this to be your only home.

* In certain circumstances the minimum may be lowered by the Association.

 

Occupancy Criteria

In general terms, different flats have different criteria for eligibility of occupancy. In order to decide which size of flat is appropriate for your circumstances, we must take into account the number of occupants, the relationship between you, as well as your total income.

  • 1 or 21 persons (in relationship) = 1 bedroom flat
  • 21 2 or 31 2 persons = 2 bedroom flat
  • 31 2 to 51 2 persons = 3 bedroom flat
  • 41 2 or more1 2 persons = 4 bedroom maisonette

1 Two people in a relationship count as occupying one bedroom at all stages. 
2 It is a condition of the original lease that all non-family/relationship applications by those persons over 18 years of age can only be made on a 'joint and several basis'.


 If you feel that you are eligible, then please click here to learn more about buying a home at Glenkerry House.

The Rule book. We have a rule book which specifies such things as the activities of the Association and outlines a structure for its management and operation. To download the rule book please click here. {clicks through to scanned copy of rule book}
    
Accounts. As a responsible organisation Glenkerry produces formal annual accounts which are independently audited and discussed as the Annual General Meeting (AGM). We also monitor income and expenditure on a monthly basis, work with a budget and set aside funds to meet long term maintenance costs. All this information is available to members: via on our on-line system, or to view in hard copy by prior arrangement in the Association office. The Annual Accounts are distributed in hardcopy prior to the AGM to every shareholder.
    
The Committee of Management. To carry out the necessary work of and to

co-ordinate the Association’s other responsibilities Glenkerry has a committee structure entirely composed of elected members. The committee meets on a monthly basis.

The Sub Committees. Much of the work of the association is undertaken by the relevant sub-committee, again staffed by the volunteers. RSC (Resident Selection) deals with applications including buying and selling. MSC (Maintenance) handles the practical side; lift contract, CCTV, lights etc. FSC (Finance) balances the books. We also have ISSC (Information & Social) that arranges the annual barbeque and Xmas party, amongst other fun things. Members also help out on an ad-hoc basis as things need doing.

The Annual General Meeting. This event held in mid/late January receives the annual report of the committee together with the audited accounts, determines major issues and discusses future direction and policy. It also elects members (share-holders) of the Association to serve on the committee for the forthcoming three years.