Council tenants vote for autonomy
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Communities
The tenants of a south London council housing estate have voted in favour of creating a tenant managed organisation (TMO) for their area.
On a 47.5% turnout, 85.7% of the D'Eynesford Estate's residents voted in favour of the TMO, which will go live in October 2014.
The move will allow the tenants to manage their own repairs, budgets and services, with the support of Southwark Council.
The TMO will be chaired by an elected resident who will act as spokesperson and support others in reporting repairs and other issues.
A tenant board will deal with the governance and administration of the TMO.
The move followed feedback from Southwark’s independent housing commission, which showed that the local authority should look to further ways it can actively encourage TMOs and other lighter touch forms of resident engagement in the management of homes.
Councillor Ian Wingfield, cabinet member for housing, said: “We actively encourage residents to form TMOs and we will support any group wishing to self-manage, we find that tenants report a higher level of satisfaction when they’re able to control their services – which are often unique to their estate or block.
"I am really pleased for the D’Eynesford TMO and wish them every success in managing their homes, with our full support.”
The successful D’Eynesford ballot means that the council now devolves the right to manage to 15 TMOs which manage housing services for over 4,200 homes.