After consultation with tenants and tenant representatives - and with tenant reps’ support - the council set up a not-for-profit, charitable company to raise investment to help improve all council tenants’ homes to the government’s Decent Homes Standard (external website).
Brighton & Hove Seaside Community Homes is leasing 499 empty council properties in batches over a five year period, which started on 1 November 2011. 293 properties had been leased by 1 October 2012. They are all properties which:
- were vacant
- were a drain on the council’s housing budget and
- were not adapted.
The company pays the council for the leases and to improve the properties they lease. The money the council receives for the leases is being used to improve council tenants’ homes.
All Seaside Homes’ properties are being let to people nominated by the council’s Temporary Accommodation Team who are homeless or have particular needs who the council has a legal duty to house. These properties will not be let through Homemove. The council’s Temporary Accommodation Team also manage the homes as managing agent.
Find out more on the Seaside Homes website.