Salix Homes’ tenants have a unique chance to shape the future of their homes.
The Your Home, Your Say survey will inform the City Mayor’s decision on whether ownership of Salix Homes’ properties remains with the council, or goes to a tenant ballot for a transfer to a registered provider or housing association.
The survey is underway now and lasts until Friday, March 15.
The two options being put to the tenants are:
1. Homes to stay with Salford City Council
The council currently owns the homes. If tenants choose this option, Salix Homes would continue to carry out the housing services, repairs and improvements on the council’s behalf or the properties would go back to the council to manage directly.
2. Homes to transfer to a Registered Provider
Registered Providers (or Housing Associations) are not-for-profit organisations which must meet strict standards set and monitored by the Homes and Communities Agency. This option could mean that the properties are transferred to a Registered Provider, which might include Salix Homes, should it become a Registered Provider following the survey and potential ballot.
Government restrictions on the amount that the council can borrow, means that the council cannot borrow sufficient money to improve all its current housing stock. As a result, the council has had to look at new options to ensure that there is enough money to improve homes and continue to provide a good level of service to tenants.
Registered providers, however, enjoy greater freedoms to borrow. With Government support, transferring homes to a registered provider, homes could be improved and services maintained.
After the survey closes, the Your Home, Your Say panel, comprising of Salix Homes customers, will consider the views to help identify the most suitable option. These will form the basis of a recommendation that the panel will make to the City Mayor in April.
Assistant Mayor for Housing, Councillor Gena Merrett, said: “The Your Home, Your Say survey is a unique opportunity for Salix Homes’ tenants to shape the future of their own social housing.
“I hope as many tenants as possible take part in the survey, so the customer panel has a true picture of opinions on such a crucial issue.”
Barbara Harper, Salix Homes tenant and chair of the Your Home, Your Say customer panel said: “I’d encourage each and every tenant to make sure they take this chance to have their say on what they want for their home and future housing service.
“We will be making a recommendation to the City Mayor informed by what tenants say in this consultation, so it is important that we get as many views as possible.”
More information available via www.salford.gov.uk/yourhome-yoursay or by calling 0800 694 0122