Cumbria

South Lakeland Council considers housing stock future

Council tenants in south Cumbria could be asked whether they want a new landlord.

South Lakeland District Council has said that rental revenue no longer covers the cost of maintaining and improving its housing stock.

Councillors are to consider a number of measures, including transfer of ownership and management to a not-for-profit housing organisation.

This would only go ahead if tenants of the 3,200 council-owned homes agreed.

Important matter

Questionnaires will be sent to all the tenants with a newsletter explaining about the different options.

A series of roadshows and drop in events will be held throughout the district, with staff available to help give details on the options and answer any questions.

Councillor Peter Thornton, portfolio holder for Housing and Development, said, "This is a really important matter for all of our tenants and the future of the council's homes.

"We are being open and consulting with tenants every step of the way and really want to hear their views and opinions to help us make the right decision."

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