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DoE ISSUES DRAFT CONSTITUTION FOR TENANT MANAGEMENT ORGANISATIONS

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Details of a draft of the model constitution for local authority tenant management organisations (TMOs) exercising ...
Details of a draft of the model constitution for local authority tenant management organisations (TMOs) exercising the 'Right to Manage', are published today.

From 1 April next year, TMOs will be able to serve a notice on their council, asking for the 'Right to Manage' their estates independently, although ownership will remain with the council.

Commenting on the publication of the draft model constitution, Housing Minister Sir George Young said: 'Voluntary moves towards tenant management have already proved enormously successful. Seventy- one TMOs are now running their own estates, with 200 more in the pipeline. On estates like South Hampstead in Camden and New Park Village in Wolverhampton, tenants are already reaping some of the benefits of self-management: quicker repairs, and efficiency savings. The 'Right to Manage' builds on that success.

'For many tenants' organisations, the model constitution will be their first step on the road towards self-management. With a goal as important as that in sight, I want to provide the best possible model constitution for TMOs. I therefore look forward to receiving many constructive comments from all the interested parties.'

The draft model constitution has been prepared by consultants working under the direction of the Tenant Participation Advisory Service for England (TPAS), with input from the Department of the Environment. Tenants' organisations and local authorities have already been consulted by TPAS on the outline of the constitution.

TPAS consultants carried out fieldwork in six case study local authorities: Cambridge, Newark and Sherwood, Swansea, Hackney, Stroud and Rochdale. The draft published today is the result of that earlier work.

The Director of TPAS, Marianne Hood, today welcomed the consultation paper. She said: 'This model constitution should be a helpful document for anyone interested in setting-up a properly representative and accountable tenants' and residents' organisation. We are encouraging our members to get copies of the consultation paper and give their views to the Department of the Environment.'

From 1 April next year, TMOs will be able to serve a 'Right to Manage' notice on their council. Providing a TMO follows prescribed procedures and it can secure a mandate from residents in the area to which the notice relates, the local authority will have to hand over to the TMO the management of a range of housing management functions which the tenants have selected.

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