A small housing association has announced it intends to transfer its housing stock to Watford Community Housing (WCH), following a consultation with residents.
West Herts Homes will formally merge with WCH at the end of this month, after the decision was agreed at the two housing associations’ respective board meetings.
The merger will see West Herts’ portfolio of 28 properties transferred to WCH. Both organisations say this will help to ensure the ongoing provision of good-quality homes and services for residents.
As part of the consultation, representatives of both organisations held a joint meeting for tenants, and West Herts Homes met with its tenants individually to provide advice, information and reassurance on the proposed transfer.
Paul Eastwood, chief executive of West Herts Homes, said: “For nearly 50 years West Herts Homes has had an excellent record of delivering personalised services to a client group of mostly vulnerable people.
“Having reviewed our position going forward, and mindful of the changes and future challenges within the housing sector, our board has decided that the best outcome for our residents and our staff team lies in merging with a larger landlord.
“After a detailed selection process, we chose Watford Community Housing as our preferred partner, and I am confident that the merger will be beneficial to both organisations, and all those that we provide services to.”
Based in Hemel Hempstead, West Herts Homes is a locally based housing association that has been delivering housing and support services to its residents since 1975.
In addition to the homes it owns, West Herts currently manages seven properties for three local authorities, and one private landlord. As part of the transfer, WCH will take on the management of these homes.
WCH was formed in 2007, and now owns and manages more than 6,800 homes and associated assets across South-West Hertfordshire. As a Community Gateway Association, it says it is committed to tenant empowerment, and offers tenants the opportunity to become members and help shape the future of the group.
All current tenants of West Herts Homes will be eligible to become members, the organisation adds.
Tina Barnard, WCH’s chief executive, said: “We are delighted that West Herts Homes has chosen us for this transfer. We already have a strong presence in the communities served by West Herts Homes, and we welcome the opportunity to help ensure that its residents continue to have good-quality homes and access to excellent services.
“We have a strong track record of delivering for our customers and communities, and together we can invest more in residents’ homes and provide the services and support they expect.”
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