Questions and answers
H&F Council wants its tenants and leaseholders to have more control over decisions that affect their homes. In the past, decisions to redevelop council homes have sometimes left residents feeling that they’ve had no say. We want to make sure this can’t happen in future.
In 2015, the council set up the H&F Residents’ Housing Commission to look at the options. After several months’ work the commission recommended transferring council homes to a ‘community gateway’ housing organisation controlled by residents. But after a change in Government policy on debt relief for councils this couldn’t go ahead.
H&F Council then invited us as three former members of the residents’ housing commission to form the Defend Council Homes Unit, with the task of finding another way of safeguarding residents’ homes.