Leeds City Council is to take on the responsibility for council housing stock from Aire Valley Homes from tomorrow (October 1).
At a meeting of the council’s executive board earlier this year it was agreed that the council would be the sole landlord for its housing stock, taking over responsibility for all arm’s length management organisation (ALMO) functions, including overall management, discussions with tenants and responsibility for any repair work needed.
The decision to create the new service, Housing Leeds, came after an extensive review of all aspects of housing management, and a consultation with 70,000 tenants and other groups.
Aire Valley Homes - which currently oversees all council housing in Morley and south Leeds - will come to an end from tomorrow and staff will transfer to Leeds City Council.
Staff, telephone numbers, offices and emails will stay the same and the council has assured tenants plenty of notice will be given before any change does happen.
As part of the new changes a housing management board has been set up to agree the strategic direction for the management of council housing, which will retain a mix of political, independent and tenant members.
Coun Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and support services said: “As the council housing service moves into council control we will work hard to ensure that areas of existing best practice are replicated across the city to ensure we don’t lose what works well, but will also look to offer the best possible service to all tenants and leaseholders.
“The new service will offer greater consistency across the city and investment in areas where it is most needed. We will be a “listening” organisation which involves a partnership approach with tenants, elected members, contractors and other agencies.
“As we make these changes alongside the impact of the government’s welfare agenda, it is even more important that we strengthen tenant engagement and local delivery arrangements to ensure that we meet the needs of all tenants.
“We will off course keep all tenants up to date with any new changes to the housing service, but for now all contact details remain the same should they have any questions.”SW