Brent Housing Partnership set to lose contract to manage council homes

BHP could be disbanded

BHP could be disbanded - Credit: Archant

The organisation in charge of looking after Brent Council’s housing stock is facing the axe following concerns about its poor performance.

Town chiefs are seeking to strip Brent Housing Partnership (BHP) of the contract and bring the management of its homes back under direct council control.

BHP was set up as an arm’s length management organisation by Brent Council in 2002.

In March this year it was placed in ‘special measures’ for its poor performance which is claimed to have left some tenants living in homes in a state of disrepair.

Top level management are said to have left, with interim managers replacing them as the organisation was given six months to improve.

A report into the new proposals will be discussed by Brent Council’s cabinet later this month, it recommends the town hall takes over the responsibility.

Other options are for a new housing providerto take over the contract or for BHP to continue albeit on a reformed basis.

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Cllr Harbi Farah, Brent Council’s cabinet member for housing, said: “Our number one concern is to look out for the interests of Brent tenants and leaseholders and after careful consideration, the recommendation being presented to us is to bring housing management back under direct council control.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at BHP for their efforts over the past 14 years.

We hope to build on their good work if we bring this service back in house but we await the results of the consultation with tenants and leaseholders first, who deserve nothing but the best.”

If the proposals are approved a 12-week consultation will take place.

All 12,000 council tenants and leaseholders will be invited to take part.

Joanne Drew, chairwoman of BHP’s board, said: “BHP will continue to work with the council to secure the best possible outcomes for current and future tenants and leaseholders in Brent, and drive service improvements during the consultation period.

“I’d like to thank tenants, the staff team and the Board - along with council colleagues for the work to transform housing services so they are fit for the future.”