Our proposed transfer to Cairn Housing Association
We want to deliver the best homes and services we can to our tenants and communities. We have been looking at how we can do this, both now and in the future.
A ‘transfer of engagements’ is the legal term for an agreement between two organisations, in this case Pentland and Cairn, which sees the homes, assets and staff of one organisation transferred to another organisation following tenant approval at a secret ballot.
We plan to make faster progress on modernising and upgrading our homes, to make them warm, comfortable and as energy efficient as possible. We also want to carry out more environmental improvements and expand on the quality of services we offer to our tenants and other customers.
Our voluntary Board of Management carried out a detailed strategic review of our options, which involved listening to our tenants, other customers, staff and Board members. The review concluded that to meet our goals for investment, affordability and quality services that we should seek to partner with another housing association. Cairn was identified as our preferred partner in 2019 following an openly advertised procurement exercise and since then, other than a pause during the 2020 lockdown, staff and Board members from both organisations have been developing proposals.
Transferring our homes and services to Cairn would allow for more investment in our homes and our communities, improve how we deliver services and get better value for money by taking advantage of the size, strength and expertise of Cairn.
This means, if tenants vote for the transfer to go ahead, Pentland Housing Association would no longer exist, Cairn Housing Association would grow by almost 500 homes, and you would become a Cairn tenant. Your landlord would change, but your tenancy agreement, rights and responsibilities remain exactly the same.
We are currently finalising the Business Case for the proposed transfer. In August we will send every tenant a formal Stage 1 Notice. This document will set out, in detail, the proposals for a transfer to Cairn. You will be invited to send us your comments and feedback which our Board will consider before finalising the plans and arranging for a ballot. We anticipate that a formal ballot of all tenants would happen in October.
Please contact us to discuss any aspect of the proposed transfer to Cairn, or alternatively please contact your independent tenant advisors at TPAS Scotland (see below).