Moorlands Housing becomes the new landlord following a vote last July by tenants under the government's large scale voluntary transfer (LSVT) scheme (75% of tenants voted of whom 65.9% supported the transfer).
The new landlord guarantees that rents will not rise annually by no more than RPI + 1% for the next five years and it will deliver a five year programme of repairs and improvements to bring all properties up to a modern standard.
Housing minister Nick Raynsford said that tenants will benefit from an accelerated programme of repairs and improvements to their homes, in addition to the extra say they have in the management arrangements.
'This transfer will increase investment and deliver modernisation and improvements works more quickly as Moorlands Housing is not restricted by local authority borrowing constraints.'
Staffordshire Moorlands DC will be paid£19.67m by Moorlands Housing for acquiring its housing stock.
Today's announcement brings the number of approved large-scale voluntary transfers to local authority stock to 136, involving nearly 500,000 homes. These transfers have raised more than£8bn in private finance, which has been invested in social housing.
1. Provision to set up local housing companies (LHC's) appears
under the Housing Act 1996. LHC's allow greater local authority
and tenant participation than other Registered Social Landlords
such as housing associations. Like housing associations, the same
borrowing restrictions imposed on local authorities does not
2. Under the Leasehold reform, Housing and Urban Development Act
1993 a local authority proposing a transfer of more than 499
dwellings must first obtain a place on an annual programme
approved by the secretary of state. Councils must then obtain the
consent of the secretary of state under the Housing Act 1985 for
each transfer after it has formally consulted its tenants and
demonstrate that a majority is not opposed to the proposal.