Housing services currently managed by Tower Hamlets Homes (THH) are to be transferred to Tower Hamlets Council, following a decision by the cabinet.
A timetable for the transition will be developed over the coming months, in discussion with Tower Hamlets Council, THH, staff, and stakeholders, with the aim of completing the move by the end of the year.
The decision – which is subject to a five-day call-in period – was agreed at a cabinet meeting on 22 February.
The mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman, said: “This decision marks an important step forward in the way we deliver housing management services.
“Housing is one of our top priorities, and I am pleased that we are putting it at the forefront of the council.
“I am committed to ensuring that council tenants and leaseholders get the best service possible, and we can do that much more effectively under one roof.
“The council and Tower Hamlets Homes will continue working closely together to ensure a seamless transition for tenants and leaseholders.
“We will be communicating with them, as well as our staff and other partners, every step of the way.”
As a result of bringing services back in house, the council says it hopes to join up housing and other council services to “make it easier” for residents to get what they need.
Further, it aims to “give residents a strong voice into the council to help improve standards to ensure the council is closer to critical issues such as fire and building safety, and to provide services for the best value”.
Tower Hamlets Council carried out a consultation on the future of services for people living in council homes between 24 October and 18 December 2022.
Over 86% of council tenants and leaseholders who took part in the consultation agreed that housing management services should be brought back in house under the direct control of the council.
The consultation also included the option of bringing Tower Hamlets Homes back in-house.
Tower Hamlets Homes is an Arm’s Length Management Organisation (ALMO) set up in 2008 to deliver housing services for residents living in 21,000 homes in East London, including 9,000 leasehold homes and 12,000 tenanted homes.
In March last year, the organisation appointed Ann Otesanya as its interim chief executive following the departure of Susmita Sen after seven years.
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