A STARK warning has been served to Kensington and Chelsea's controversial council housing organisation, after it failed to keep to a plan to improve its performance.
Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (TMO) has been served a 'breach notice' by the borough's council.
It forms the first step in a warning process which could see powers taken away from the under-fire company.
The notice details its failures in keeping to a performance plan, implemented in March after residents forced a series of crunch meetings to redraw the shape of the organisation - which controls the majority of council housing stock in the Royal Borough.
The criticisms are that:
* The board is not a cohesive group and is not responding 'with due process' to allegations of misconduct.
* There has been a 'breakdown' in the relationship between the board and its executive.
* Performance on repairs is not good enough.
* Suggestions to improve customer care are 'inadequate'
Following the notice, two Conservative councillors are stepping down from the board to make way for housing professionals.
A spokeswoman for the organisation said the changes would help the TMO meet the improvement requirements set out by the notice.
If they are not met, a 'warning notice' could be served, laying the way for power to be taken away from the TMO.
New TMO chief executive Robert Black, who has vowed to implement change at the body, said: "I can confirm that many of the issues raised by the council are already being tackled head on by my team. This notice enables us to ensure there is cohesion within the board."
Chair of the TMO Board Juliet Rawlings added: “I have every confidence that the TMO will successfully deliver on all the issues raised by the council over the coming weeks."