Tenants of three local estates are being given a glimpse of the future as the first of three show flats opened their doors.
Over 140 tenants were welcomed to Scotson House on the Ethelred Estate to see for themselves the quality of work and the choice of finishes and materials in the new kitchens and bathrooms that would be on offer if tenants vote in favour of the proposal to transfer homes on Ethelred, Magdalen and Thorlands estates to a new landlord.
If tenants back the proposal in a vote to be held later in the year, homes would transfer to the ownership of WATMOS Community Homes, with the existing three local Tenant Management Organisations (TMOs) continuing to manage the properties. WATMOS would be able to access the £24million needed to bring homes up to a good modern standard within the first five years. Lambeth Council cannot guarantee that funding at this level will be available to invest in these estates.
Ana Soares a resident on the Ethelred estate said: “I came to see the show home and I’m delighted to see a great flat. It will be about time that something like this is being done to the estate it’s what I’ve wanted for a long time, great can’t wait.”
The three estates came together in 2006 to form the Lambeth Alliance of Tenant Management Organisations (LATMOS). They recently chose WATMOS Community Homes to be their preferred future landlord. WATMOS is an existing charitable housing association which itself is made up of eight Tenant Management Organisations.
The Ethelred flat will be open on Wednesdays and Thursdays each week and WATMOS and local TMO staff will be there to show visitors around and answer any questions they have about the improvements and the proposed transfer.
Similar launch events will take place for the show homes on Thorlands and Magdalen estates.