Consultation on proposed changes to a single landlord and changes to our governance arrangements

Consultation on proposed changes to a single landlord

17 October 2018 - Latest news

Consultation on proposed changes to a single landlord and changes to our governance arrangements

believe housing’s Board have taken the decision to move to formal consultation on proposed changes to our governance structures.

We are proposing to:

  1. Simplify our structure by bringing the four group landlords – believe housing,   Dale & Valley Homes, Durham City Homes and East Durham Homes – into one organisation.
  2. Strengthen our governance structures – the board of the single organisation to be supported by a revised committee structure.
  3. In time, move to a fully independent board structure where board member positions are recruited on their skills, qualities and knowledge.

What does this mean for tenants and leaseholders?

Consolidating our group structure into one organisation would see very little change for our customers:

  • You would not have to sign up to a new tenancy agreement or lease.
  • Your rent would not be affected and would be set in the same way it is now.
  • You would continue to enjoy any rights, including those set out in your tenancy agreement or lease, that you have now.
  • Your services would be delivered by the same people.
  • We would still be registered as a housing association and would be a charitable community benefit society with the same charitable objectives.
  • Legally, your landlord would be one single organisation.
  • The revised governance structure would give you more ways to make your views known on how we should deliver, shape and improve the services you receive.

If the consolidation were to proceed we do not know whether that one organisation would have a different name or brand from believe housing. This is something we are also considering and if it happens then we would let you know.

Tell us what you think

We have written to tenants and leaseholders about the proposed changes. You can read the letter here.

If you would like to hear more about our proposals you can:

We will consider your views before the Board makes any final decision on whether the proposals should proceed, be changed, or not go ahead at all.

The deadline to give us your views is Thursday, 29 November 2018.


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