Hammersmith & Fulham Council have voted to back the recommendation of the Independent Residents’ Commission on Council Housing and allow council tenants a vote on whether or not to pass the ownership of all of its 17,000 homes to a new housing organisation.
“The Independent Residents’ Housing Commission advised us that homes would be better maintained, better protected with lower rents and charges if we move to a new housing model that gives more power to residents,” said H&F Council Leader Stephen Cowan.
“And we are genuinely trying to do things with people – not to them – so we will now put this to a vote and let the residents decide.”
The Commission’s report was published last month, and indicated that the Council may struggle to raise the money needed to adequately repair and maintain council homes, whereas a new resident-led housing association should be able to secure the investment needed.
However, a transfer will not take place unless a majority of tenants vote in favour of the transfer.