Council looks to transfer control of council homes to residents

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A housing estate where tenants and leaseholders will be offered the opportunity to take more control of their council homes

Tenants and leaseholders in Hammersmith & Fulham will be offered the opportunity to take more control of their local council homes.

Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s Cabinet will decide at a meeting on Monday (1 December) whether to launch a pioneering consultation that will explore ways for residents in 12,500 council homes and 4,600 leasehold properties to have more say over how their homes are run.

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If agreed, the process will assess the different options available to give residents more control over their homes. In addition to having a full consultation, before any decisions are made there would be a ballot on final proposals.

Lisa Homan, H&F’s cabinet member for housing said, “We are committed to devolving more control to residents.

“We will ensure that tenants and leaseholders will be fully involved in an accountable and transparent process, and any recommendation leading to a substantial change will be put to a ballot.”

Earlier this month, H&F Council agreed to set up a new residents’ commission to put residents in the driving seat of the process. It is now seeking to appoint an independent chair to lead the group as it identifies the best options to grant more control for tenants and leaseholders.

The commission will take evidence from independent experts and members of the public. Anyone wishing to give evidence to the commission should email: housing.consultation@lbhf.gov.uk.

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