Six tenants, three leaseholders and three independent experts have been selected to lead Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s new Residents’ Commission on Council Housing.
The members of the Commission will be led by an independent chair, former housing minister the Right Honourable Keith Hill.
The Commission will work with Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s tenants and leaseholders to explore how they can be given more control and safeguards over their homes, rents and service charges.
H&F Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr Lisa Homan, said: “We are committed to devolving more control to residents and to protect residents and their homes and estates for the future. We will do so in a way that ensures that tenants and leaseholders are fully involved in an accountable and transparent process.”
The first public hearing is May 14, and will be held at Hammersmith Town Hall.
The Residents’ Commission on Council Housing members have access to expert independent advice as they seek to develop the best options for the future of social housing in the borough. It will be their recommendations that will then be put to a vote of eligible council house residents, if any decision to transfer the ownership of council homes is reached.
The Commission will look at how to safeguard Council homes and estates for the future, give power to residents to take local control over their homes, protect tenant rights and keep rents and charges residents can afford, and fund improvements to homes and housing services.