Tenants of a small housing association in Scotland have voted overwhelmingly in favour of their homes being transferred to the much larger Link Group.
Weslo Housing Management – which owns around 2,350 homes in mostly West Lothian and Falkirk – will now go through the formal legal stages of a transfer to Link Group, which is scheduled for completion on 1 June.
A total of 1,794 Weslo tenants (63.4%) voted on the transfer proposals, with 96.7% voting in favour of the plans.
Weslo chose Link Group, one of Scotland’s largest social landlords, as its preferred transfer partner last August.
The decision was taken last June after a strategic options appraisal found Weslo’s properties would require major investment over the next 30 years.
A customer satisfaction survey carried out before the review also found the majority of Weslo tenants were unsatisfied with the condition of their homes.
Weslo found it would not be able to conduct improvements while also keeping rents low, resulting in the decision to transfer its homes to a larger and more financially robust provider.
Commenting on the transfer, Weslo chair Kate Dewar said: “I am delighted to see this level of support for the proposals that we have made.
“My thanks go to our tenants for taking the time to listen to what we had to say, to read the proposals, and to vote so decisively in favour of the transfer to Link Group.
“The proposal that Link has made will ensure the long-term investment in the homes that the communities deserve, and with a two-year rent freeze it also ensures that rents will remain affordable.
“This vote has been the result of many months of consultation, listening and responding to tenants, all through the months of the pandemic.
“I am also extremely grateful to the Weslo staff and my fellow board members for all the hard work they have put in to develop this proposal with Link, as well as to reach our tenants and to achieve this outcome, especially during the most challenging period of lockdown since January.”
Link Group chief executive Jon Turner added: “We are all delighted there has been such positive support from Weslo tenants to join Link Group.
“From the outset of our involvement with Weslo, it was clear the two organisations share a common culture focused on supporting tenants, their families, and the communities in which they live.
“We look forward to welcoming in our new colleagues and putting in place the significant investment programme that the homes need over the next few years.”
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