Plans for tenants' right to manage revealed
A consultation has been launched into government plans to make it easier for council tenants to take control of their neighbourhoods or have their homes transferred to a housing association.
Grant Shapps, the housing minister, has today published plans for the Right to Manage and Right to Transfer Regulations.
Proposed changes in the consultation include allowing tenants to request the ownership of council homes be transferred to a housing association.
Currently local authorities are under no obligation to consider such a request, but the changes would force councils to work with tenants to explore transfer requests.
The government is also proposing to drop requirements to notify the secretary of state about the results of ballots of affected tenants or send them the a copy of the Tenant Management Organisation management agreement.
The aim of the government is to make easier the process of allowing tenants to take control of housing services in their own areas from their landlord or have homes transferred to a housing association.
Mr Shapps said: ‘Last year’s ‘broom army’ action in the aftermath of the riots demonstrated the real difference a community can make when they come together for the good of their area.
‘The rights I’m strengthening today can put decision making power into the hands of the tenants who know their neighbourhoods best.
‘I want to make it easier than ever for council tenants to take charge of local services, from minor repairs to major regeneration. And it will no longer be acceptable for councils to dismiss tenants’ proposals for improvement out of hand.
‘Nobody knows the needs of a neighbourhood better than the local community. Now I want to see tenants use these powers to prove us right.’
The consultation runs until 23 May.