Our proposed transfer to Cairn Housing Association
Formal consultation on our proposed transfer to Cairn Housing Association
Pentland Housing Association’s Board is proposing a transfer of our homes and services to Cairn Housing Association, which would bring new investment to your homes and affordable rents. Our team would continue to work from a local office in Thurso as part of the Cairn team.
We have sent all tenants a formal Stage 1 Consultation Notice which sets out the promises to Pentland tenants from Cairn if tenants approve the transfer. We are inviting you to read through these proposals and let us know what you think about the partnership by 31 August 2021. The final decision on whether the transfer goes ahead will be yours, through a formal ballot in October.
Our transfer promises
We believe this transfer could bring considerable benefits for you, as a tenant of Pentland. If tenants vote yes in the secret ballot, these are Cairn’s promises to you:
- Cairn will FREEZE rents in the first year of the transfer and provide an affordable rent guarantee for the following four years, with lower rent increases than proposed by a stand-alone Pentland
- Cairn will invest £6,300,000 in your homes and communities over the next five years, with hundreds of new kitchens and other home improvements guaranteed
- Local services from a new combined Cairn and Pentland team, with new options for getting in touch online. Existing Pentland staff will be protected and will transfer to Cairn
- Cairn will provide financial security and opportunities for new services to Pentland’s tenants by being part of the larger Cairn Housing Group
Your opportunity to get involved
The publication of our formal Stage 1 Notice, marks the start of a formal consultation period where we are inviting you to give us your feedback and share your views on the detailed partnership proposals. This consultation period will close on 31 August.
There are a variety of ways you can have your say:
Partnership events – come along to meet with Cairn and Pentland staff
We are hosting online video meetings to meet with Cairn senior staff and talk in more detail about some of the partnership promises, with times scheduled on each of these days for 2.30pm and 6.30pm. To book a place at any of these meetings please contact TPAS at Lesley.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 049 5761.
- 9th August – Rents and Finance
- 16th August – Investment Programme and Repair
- 23rd August – Customer Services
Free Community Fun Days
We are holding community fun days where you can meet with Cairn and Pentland staff.
- 12th August – 11am to 1pm at Messy Nessy Play on Rotterdam Street in Thurso. Teas and coffees for grown-ups, and soft play for children.
- 13th August – 11am to 1pm at the Pulteney Centre on Huddart Street in Wick. Teas and coffees for grown-ups, and a bouncy castle for children.
Your Landlord. Your Choice
If you vote YES to Pentland joining Cairn
If Pentland does not join Cairn
A rent freeze in the first year of the partnership then an affordable rent guarantee of inflationary rent increases linked to Consumer Price Index only (currently 1.9%) over the next four years
Thereafter, the Cairn Housing Group rent policy applies with annual inflationary rent increases linked to Retail Price Index (currently 2.9%)
Annual Inflationary rent increases of Consumer Price Index (currently 1.9%) plus 1.5% for the next five years
Then Consumer Price Index plus an additional 1% for the following five years
Money to invest in your homes
£6,300,000 of investment in homes and communities over the first five years after the transfer
In addition to significant investment in windows, doors and new energy efficient heating systems, Cairn are also committing over £850,000 in energy efficiency measures such as wall insulation, deep retrofit and solar photo-voltaic systems
£4,320,000 over five years
Challenges in meeting government energy efficiency standards
Money to invest in your community
£500,000 included in the investment guarantee to support environmental projects in your community plus an additional £480,000 included for upgrades to garage sites. Tenants will be consulted on where to prioritise investment
Limited capacity to tackle environmental issues
Money to invest in community development
Tenants and voluntary groups can apply to Cairn Community Fund to receive money for projects and initiatives that benefit the community
Cairn will provide a bursary programme which will provide six customers in each of the first five years with grants of up to £250 for training and education courses to improve employability
No resources set aside
Tenancy conditions and services
All your current tenancy rights will be protected
You would become a tenant of Cairn Housing Association, with a welcome pack issued when the transfer completes
A local office in Thurso will continue to be the base for local services
Access to improved customer service and enhanced digital services through the Cairn Connect service and My Cairn account
Current tenancy rights protected
Continued local Pentland identity
Pentland would cease to operate and would no longer be registered with the Scottish Housing Regulator
Cairn Housing Association Board would be responsible for all aspects of governance
One place on the Cairn Board for an existing Pentland Board member, with opportunities for additional representation or involvement through a new tenant panel
Pentland continues as a registered housing association and charity
Pentland Board responsible for all aspects of governance, service delivery and performance