What Factors Reduce Rent Arrears?

What Factors Reduce Rent Arrears?   Our staff are experienced in reducing rent arrears and maximising the rent roll. We therefor believe it’s worth sharing our knowledge in belief that the Social Housing Sector will benefit. See what factors you could use to improve your Housing Association.   Debt Collection Agency Behaviour Let’s assume that most Housing Associations have some rent …

Leasehold Rent Reviews: We Provide Assurance

Gabriel Star have recently conducted leasehold rent reviews at a large housing association. We believe we’ve added real value and negated possible future problems by making corrections quickly and efficiently.   The Problem: Shared ownership units often have slightly different leases. A change in solicitor, a merger, acquisitions of stock can all lead to subtle differences in how rent increases …

FREE Credit Checking Development Contractors Policy for HA’s

Policy writing can be laborious. That’s why we’ve drafted some useful ones for you. First up is our “Credit Checking Development Contractors Policy”. This should help housing associations rationalise their risk appetite when appointing a contractor to deliver what is a core element of their business. Getting comfortable with the type of contractor your housing association will engage with is …

Would You Like Expert Business Psychologist Advice?

Sarah Warner is a business psychologist with particular interests in helping people build mental strength for effectiveness and well-being at work. Having worked for 18 years in the Defence, Aerospace & Security industry helping leaders and managers win business, Sarah has a full appreciation of the pressures and pleasures of company life. She now works with individuals and companies to …

Shared Ownership Applicant Survey: WIN A FREE MUG!

Have you ever applied for a shared ownership property (successful or not)? We’d really appreciate you helping to improve the information within the sector by answering the following 10 multiple choice questions. 10 questions over 2 short pages, and one random participant will be selected each month to receive a free witty “I’m easy on the eye, and I use …

Social Housing Search Engine from Gabriel Star

House House Star is the powerful new search engine to help the social housing sector find the information it’s stakeholders need. Created by Gabriel Star and powered by a custom Google engine. Search specifically for developers, financial statements or maintenance providers. Try It Here

Free Book: Improve your housing association

We’re pleased to announce that we are capturing a lot of our beliefs, skills and tit bits within a book. Wow! A book! That will be a great way to share knowledge throughout the sector very cheaply. No adverts, no monthly subscriptions…just the latest thinking from bright minds working within the sector. However, we are not omnipresent masters of all knowledge. …

Business Planning: HAs LAs & Charities

We offer business planning for housing associations, local authorities and charities. I don’t like the phrase “business planning” – it sounds all too nondescript. Surely a sensible and intelligent person can calculate how much money is coming in and out every year, and if there is money left over…use it to expand? We can help with the nuts and bolts …

Trace And Collection of Former Tenant Arrears

A Service That Suits Your HA   Our Bronze package allows Housing Associations to make use of the Gabriel Star Automated Tracing Tool [GSATT]. It is a powerful tool for those HA’s who’d like a DIY approach to managing tenant arrears. It’s very popular because it cuts down the time a tenant arrears officer will need to dedicate to surfing …

How to Conduct Due Diligence Upon a Housing Association

The document (that you can download below for free) shows you how to conduct due diligence upon a housing association from the point of view of a business planner. This document is currently a work in progress – in Beta form – should you wish to add to it, please get in touch. It can be downloaded here –> [The …