Hundreds of social homes transferred in Berkshire
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities
Bracknell Forest Homes (BFH) has taken ownership of 348 homes over four areas across Berkshire.
The 5,600-home provider took over as landlord of the houses and flats at Boyd Court, Iveagh Court, and Hoffman Close in Bracknell, and Weaver Moss in Sandhurst, from Guinness Hermitage, a division of The Guinness Partnership.
Caroline Titley, BFH chief executive, said: “This is another major event in our development as an organisation. It makes sense for these residents to have a local landlord, and we look forward to delivering the excellent services we provide for our existing customers to our new residents at Boyd Court, Iveagh Court, Hoffman Close and Weaver Moss. We will be on site at the locations after the transfer takes place to carry out improvement works.
“We are pleased to have worked alongside Guinness Hermitage to be able to put the best interests of residents first and offer our local services.”
BFH will be carrying out a range of repairs and landscaping works this month, as well as changing signage, to mark the transfer.
The housing association has written to its new customers to explain the changes, and staff will be doing door-to-door visits to meet customers and answer any questions.
Robert Stronge, Guinness Hermitage's managing director, said: “In reaching this agreement, the board of The Guinness Partnership has taken into account the views of residents expressed during the consultation period, and undertaken an assessment of the ability of BFH to provide the service standards as set out in their proposals.
"We would like to thank the many residents who were actively involved in this process and also those who gave us their views during the consultation and helped to form these proposals.
“We are confident that the change will result in long term improvements and local services for residents.”
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