Soha Housing has increased its local social housing stock after a transfer of 98 homes from Bromford housing association.
The homes are situated in Wallingford – where Soha already owns 385 properties – Beaconsfield, and Chesham in Buckinghamshire.
The move had been around a year in the making, with Bromford, which manages 44,000-homes in and around Wolverhampton, starting the search for a more local landlord to manage some of its outlying homes.
Soha says it was selected due to its value for money and scope of services to residents.
The householders affected by the transfer were all consulted as part of the process, Soha says.
More than half of the homes are general needs rented social housing, with the rest being shared ownership and leasehold.
Commenting on the transfer, Soha Housing chief executive Kate Wareing said: “I am delighted to welcome our new residents to Soha.
“We are a local, not for profit, community landlord owned by our residents and staff – we exist to deliver excellent services to our residents, and build new homes for people who need them.
“As a local landlord we are always interested in how we can build and deliver more homes for people in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.”
Soha is a 23-year-old housing association, itself the product of a transfer of homes – from South Oxfordshire District Council to the newly created Soha in 1997.
Soha has been a mutual organisation since 2017, meaning both residents and staff can own a shares in the company and take part in executive decisions.
Members of Soha are represented by a 20-strong members’ forum, which was constantly informed on the progress of the proposed Bromford transfer.
Image: Kate Wareing, chief executive, Soha Housing
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