RESIDENTS in short-life properties in the London Borough of Camden have voted to transfer their homes to the Co-operative Development Society housing association.
In the ballot 41 of the 60 residents voted in favour of transferring their homes to CDS, while the other possible landlord, Paddington Churches Housing Association (PCHA), received only one vote. PCHA has been involved in managing the homes since West Hampstead Housing Association, landlord of the properties for 20 years, ran into financial difficulties two years ago.
CDS will redevelop the properties, which are owned by Camden Council and leased to West Hampstead HA for short-life use, with funding from The Housing Corporation, the government agency that funds and regulates housing associations.
The residents' group hopes to form a housing co-operative to manage their homes when redevelopment is completed.