Tower Hamlets Council writes to government over transfer concerns
Council concerned after landlord accused of breaking promises
A council is considering legal action against a stock transfer association, amid concerns that promises to tenants have been broken.
East London’s Tower Hamlets Council handed over the management of four estates on the Isle of Dogs to housing association Toynbee Island Homes in December 2005.
The tenants on the estates, which comprise 2,100 homes, were promised they would be heavily involved in the running of their homes.
One Housing Group became the parent organisation of Toynbee Island Homes last year and in April this year sacked the housing association’s entire board - mainly made up of residents - and appointed an interim board.
The council intends to contact One Housing Group, the Housing Corporation, the Communities and Local Government department and housing minister Margaret Beckett about its concerns.
Depending on the responses, the council could start legal action to ensure the conditions of the transfer agreement are enforced.
A spokesperson for Tower Hamlets Council said: ‘Given the concerns that some of the promises made to residents about the governance of [Toynbee] Island Homes and the estate management have not been implemented, we will be bringing those concerns to the attention of the Housing Corporation and the CLG.
‘We hope that One Housing Group will be able to provide sufficient reassurance of its intention to return to a resident-majority board.’
A spokesperson for the landlord said: ‘One Housing Group took the decision to dismiss the board due to persistent serious failures to properly govern the association.
‘This followed careful consideration of the board’s performance and was found to be essential in protecting the interests of residents.’
A spokesperson for the Housing Corporation said: ‘[Toynbee] Island Homes has recently been inspected by the Audit Commission and we expect the report to be published soon. We will review our regulatory judgements in the light of this report.’