Section: Housing Associations

Double transfer increases Longhurst Group's stock to over 22,000

Posted 30.04.18
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Longhurst Group has extended its stock to more than 22,000 properties after completing the transfer of over 400 properties from two other housing associations.

The Group, which operates in almost 50 local authority areas across the Midlands and East of England, recently transferred 308 properties from The Hyde Group.

It follows the transfer of 144 properties from PA (Paragon Asra) in March. A total of 22 of these properties were already managed by L&H (Longhurst & Havelok) homes, which is part of Longhurst Group. The properties also comprise 19 supported housing units and 10 shared ownership homes.

This agreement includes the transfer of the Sleaford Foyer and the Family Plus Team, which will now be managed by Axiom Housing Association - also part of Longhurst Group.


Clarion Housing Group more than doubles investment in new homes

Posted 26.04.18
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Clarion Housing Group has increased its total capital investment in new homes from £196 million (2016/2017) to £427 million (2017/2018) - an increase of almost 120% - and grown its development pipeline to 14,000 homes (as at 31st March).

This significant increase is set to continue in 2018/2019, as the Group strives to deliver on its target of building 50,000 new homes in 10 years.

Key deals during the year include:

The Group's £1 billion investment to transform three of its existing estates in the London Borough of Merton, also received the go ahead during 2017/2018.


Housing associations are skewing satisfaction rates

Posted 05.04.18
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Social housing landlords are obliged to provide the Scottish Housing Regulator with statistics on their performance annually. A summary of these stats are presented to tenants as an indicator of their landlord's performance.

The Scottish Housing Regulator publishes a National Report based on accumulated statistics.

Tommy Lusk, housing campaigner, says tenant satisfaction surveys published by housing associations hide more than they reveal.

In this article, he looks more closely at some recent tenant satisfaction claims and questions whether they are misleading.


Peabody completes its merger with Family Mosaic

Posted 02.04.18
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Peabody and Family Mosaic have now merged and Family Mosaic tenants and leaseholders have become Peabody residents.

The merger means that Peabody is now one of the largest social landlords in London and the South East with 111,000 residents and around 8,000 care and support customers.

Peabody owns and manages 55,000 homes in London and the South-East and has committed to using its size to provide more locally focused and responsive services.

This is the first time Peabody has taken on housing management services in Essex, where it will be the landlord for around 1,500 homes across Colchester, Basildon, Braintree and surrounding areas.


The expansion of Peabody comes in the same week it marked its 156th birthday.

On 26th March 1862, The Times reported that the American philanthropist George Peabody intended to create the Peabody Trust to "ameliorate the condition of the poor and needy" by providing low-cost housing in London.


Quick Links

Updated 11.04.18

  • Aldwyck Housing Group: Aldwyck celebrate successful merger with King Street Housing Society - just seven months after announcing they had entered into talks.
  • Clarion Housing Group: Clarion Housing Group and Countryside Properties enter into a joint venture to deliver up to 2,600 new homes at Eastern Quarry - one of the UK's largest residential schemes at the Ebbsfleet Garden City in North Kent.
  • Notting Hill Housing: Notting Hill Housing and Genesis Housing Association have officially amalgamated - and are now known as Notting Hill Genesis.
  • Places for People: Luminus Group has formally joined Places for People as a subsidiary - increasing the collective management portfolio to 195,000 homes.

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