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The Housing Podcast: How housing associations go wrong, and how to put them right

The Housing Podcast is a production of Inside Housing magazine, the UK’s leading publication for the social and affordable housing sector. Listen to find out more about the key issues in housing today, with input from the sector’s leading voices.

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How housing associations go wrong, and how to put them right

Around four million people in England live in homes owned by housing associations. One of the most talked-about in recent years has been Gentoo – a Sunderland landlord with more than 30,000 homes which saw a dramatic rise and fall after being formed around the millennium. In this episode of The Housing Podcast, we talk to its new bosses about what went wrong and how they are putting things right.

The Housing Podcast is now also available on iTunes and Spotify



Gentoo: a Sunderland storyGentoo: a Sunderland story
Gentoo: back from the brinkGentoo: back from the brink
My plan as new chief executive of GentooMy plan as new chief executive of Gentoo

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