Tenants rights protected by transfer plans
KEY rights of Swansea Council tenants would be protected if housing stock transfer takes place.
The Independents Tenants advisor has confirmed tenants would have their rights protected if their Council homes are transferred to the community housing mutual Tawe Housing.
This means for example that tenants who transfer will still be able to buy their homes under the Preserved 'Right to Buy' scheme, and their discounts would continue to grow up to the maximum allowed.
Tenants would also gain an additional right which means that Tawe housing would not be able to alter the terms of their tenancy agreement without the individual tenant's written consent, something that the Council are able to do at present without tenants consent.
The Independent Tenants Advisor's (ITA) role is to work with council tenants to help them make an informed decision when they are asked to vote in a ballot on the future of council housing.
In Swansea, the Independent Tenants Advisor; Heart of Wales was selected by tenants to be their ITA and provide impartial advice they may need throughout the stock transfer process.
Other important facts that the ITA is making tenants aware of are:
* Tenants would not have to move from their homes as a result of transfer
ITA Clive Webb said: "As your Independent Tenants Advisor, we feel that it is extremely important that council tenants consider all the facts on how the transfer being proposed by Swansea Council will affect them, their homes and their communities.
"We hope that this information will be useful to tenants in helping them make an informed decision when asked to vote on the future of their housing in Swansea.
"Key rights and entitlements tenants currently enjoy under the Council would continue and be protected under their new tenancy agreement as 'assured tenants' of Tawe housing."
Tenants with any questions on the proposal can contact the Council's Freephone information line on 0800 013 1695 or the Independent Tenants Advisor, Heart of Wales, on Freephone 0800 195 4591.
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