Pentland Tenants Vote Yes For Transfer To Cairn
8th November 2021
Tenants of Pentland Housing Association have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a transfer to Cairn Housing Association.
The transfer will deliver £6.3 million of investment in tenants' homes and the local community, alongside a locked in five-year affordable rent guarantee and continued local services delivered by a new combined team based in Thurso.
The tenant ballot closed on Tuesday 2nd November 2021 and once counted by Civica Election Services, a resounding 91.9% of votes were in favour of the partnership on an exceptionally high turnout of 73.4%.
Jim Hair, the Chair of Pentland's Board, said: "The Board are delighted that not only have our tenants shared our vision for the future of their homes and services, but that they have turned out in huge numbers to make their voices heard at the ballot box. We worked closely with Cairn to develop an exciting transfer proposal that has been shaped by our tenants through months of public consultation.
The result of the ballot is great news for our tenants and the wider community, and we will be hard at work with our colleagues at Cairn in the months ahead preparing for the transfer."
Don Jamieson, the Chair of Cairn’s Board, said: "We are thrilled that the Pentland tenants have backed the transfer to Cairn with their resounding support for the transfer promises. We look forward to welcoming tenants, other customers and the staff team to join us at Cairn."
The Pentland Board will now meet to discuss the result of the ballot before calling a Special General Meeting where they will ask Shareholding Members to formally approve the transfer of engagements to Cairn. The transfer is expected to happen on the 1st of April 2022.
The ballot for Pentland tenants to decide if they want to transfer to Cairn Housing Association has opened with participants able to easily vote by post, phone, text message or online. The transfer will only go ahead if a majority of tenants vote YES before the ballot closes on 2nd November.
Pentland Housing Association tenants are to be formally consulted on a proposed transfer to Cairn Housing Association, which will bring new investment to homes and a locked-in affordable rent guarantee, from a new combined Cairn and Pentland team in Caithness. Detailed information leaflets are being posted out and members of staff from Pentland and Cairn are aiming to personally visit every household to try and speak to residents and answer any questions they might have.
Highland Housing partners are asking their tenants to have their say on proposed changes to the mutual exchange policy. Mutual Exchanges help tenants to move by swapping their homes with other tenants.
Pentland Housing Association has decided to transfer to Cairn Housing Association following a strategic review. Tenants, staff and board members were all involved in the review which was set up to plan for the future of the Association and how it provides homes and services to tenants and other customers.
Pentland Housing Association is delighted to confirm that it is looking to develop a constitutional partnership with another Housing Association. It is pursuing this option to ensure that there are more investment opportunities available for the Caithness area - investment in the existing stock as well as the opportunity to investigate new build opportunities in the area.
Pentland Housing Association Ltd has a 3 bedroom property in Dunbeath. We are currently in the process of assessing the demand in the area for this type of property.
Anyone who wants to rent a council or housing association house in Thurso now has greater choice. This is because homes are now being allocated through ‘Choice Based Lettings'.
Caberfeidh Court. Caberfeidh Court is situated in a quiet residential area in Wellington Avenue in Wick and is available for people aged 50 or over.
AN excellent range of one-bedroom and studio flats with affordable rents are available now at Caberfeidh Court in Wick. Cairn Housing Association has 36 high quality properties that are available exclusively to people over 50 years of age.
Massive implications for people looking for Housing in Caithness. The way in which housing is allocated in Caithness has changed.