Landlords told to consult on merger plans
Housing associations must consult their tenants over merger plans, the Housing Corporation has warned.
Andrew Dench, head of regulation policy, said the corporation will expect to see tenants involved in merger decisions.
'We want to see residents more closely involved in decisions about how services are organised and delivered and associations finding better ways to seek their views,' he told a mergers conference.
'Therefore, we will expect to see plans for mergers and group structures not only being effectively discussed and consulted with residents but used by associations to take a root and branch look at how effective their engagement is with residents.'
The news follows calls that associations should ballot residents over merger plans (Inside Housing, 11 November 2005).
Michael Gelling, chair of the Tenants' and Residents' Organisations of England, said it was a positive development for tenants. 'It is vitally important that tenants on both sides should be involved in the reasons and the rationale behind [mergers],' he said.
If there was not a consensus then a tenant ballot should take place, he added.