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Orbit and Notting Hill in 450-home transfer

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing

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Social landlord Orbit South has been transferred nearly 450 South London homes from fellow provider Notting Hill Housing Trust.

The 449 houses and flats were transferred with a view to "delivering a more local and responsive service to residents".

The two providers have said they have worked very closely with one another to ensure that the transition is as smooth as possible for the tenants affected.

Residents were asked their opinions before the transfer went ahead.

The homes, which are for a mixture of social and 'affordable' rent, shared ownership and leasehold, are located in Kingston upon Thames, Merton, Southwark Lambeth and Lewisham.

Vivien Knibbs, Orbit South's executive director, said: “We took the decision to transfer some of our more dispersed properties to a locally based provider following consultation with our customers. We are confident Notting Hill Housing Trust will best meet their needs. This will allow us to focus our investment in some of our other communities, improving services to our customers who live there.”

Notting Hill chief executive Kate Davies said: “Two years ago NHH transferred much of its non-London portfolio to reputable local providers. We were looking for an opportunity to invest the proceeds in London and we were very happy to take on the ownership and management of this portfolio from Orbit. It allows us to strengthen our offer in Southwark and other London boroughs.”

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