Herefordshire Housing Limited (HHL) is considering converting to become a community benefit society. Currently, HHL is a charitable company registered with Companies House.
A community benefit society is an alternative to a ‘company’ and is a structure specifically designed for organisations whose aim is to improve the communities it operates in, like Herefordshire Housing Ltd.
We believe that this change will better reflect the activities that we do and help streamline governance within the group.
We have a duty to consult with you on this matter and our Board will be taking your views into account before making a final decision.
HHL will remain a charity and a registered provider of social housing registered with the Regulator of Social Housing.
All Herefordshire Housing Limited tenants will be receiving a consultation letter within the next few weeks to explain the proposed changes, and how you can share views.
Frequently asked questions
Q: I am a leaseholder – will this affect me?
A: No. The terms of your lease and your statutory rights will remain the same, but your landlord will change to the new merged entity.
Q: Would conversion change who HHL houses?
A: No. As a charitable organisation, our lettings policy already ensures that we house people who are in genuine housing need, and this would not change after conversion to CBS status.
Q: Will it affect repairs and maintenance to my property?
A: No. Your repairs will continue to be carried out in the same way as they are now.
Q: What is the main advantage of the proposals?
A: We are proposing this change to allow us to be in a comparable position with other housing associations. It is happening across the social housing sector as landlords try to streamline processes. It will help us increase value for money, and protect funding for housing services.