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Tenants say 'no' to transfer of 11,000 council homes

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Published by Julien Tremblin for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Local Government

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Council tenants in Wales have voted against plans to transfer nearly 11,000 homes to a new housing association.

The ownership and management of the homes will stay with Caerphilly County Borough Council following the ballot which saw 65% of tenants voting against the transfer proposal.

A total of 67% of tenants voted, following the Council's consultation on the proposal to transfer the homes to the new, not-for-profit, Community Housing Mutual, Castell Mynydd.

A survey has shown that the Council needs to spend £173 million to bring its homes up to the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS) – but, as things stand, it only has £115 million available.

The council said the housing association would have had all the money needed to bring all homes, including sheltered complexes and non-traditional homes, up to WHQS.

Council tenants were asked to use their vote and have their say on the proposal in the ballot which ran from 21st January to 17th February.

Transfer could only go ahead if the majority of tenants who voted in the ballot, voted in favour of the proposal.

Tenants will receive further information in the coming months as the Council's plans develop for taking forward the investment to achieve the Welsh Housing Quality Standard.

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