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Partnership Progress Proposed Transfer of Engagements to Cairn HA

Our transfer to Cairn Housing Association 

Pentland tenants vote YES to transfer to Cairn

Tenants of Pentland Housing Association have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a transfer to Cairn Housing Association.  The transfer will deliver £6.3 million of investment in tenants’ homes and the local community, alongside a locked in five-year affordable rent guarantee and continued local services delivered by a new combined team based in Thurso.

The tenant ballot closed on Tuesday 2nd November and once counted by Civica Election Services, a resounding 91.9% of votes were in favour of the partnership on an exceptionally high turnout of 73.4%

Jim Hair, the Chair of Pentland’s Board, said:

“The Board are delighted that not only have our tenants shared our vision for the future of their homes and services, but that they have turned out in huge numbers to make their voices heard at the ballot box.  We worked closely with Cairn to develop an exciting transfer proposal that has been shaped by our tenants through months of public consultation. The result of the ballot is great news for our tenants and the wider community, and we will be hard at work with our colleagues at Cairn in the months ahead preparing for the transfer.”

Don Jamieson, the Chair of Cairn’s Board, said:

“We are thrilled that the Pentland tenants have backed the transfer to Cairn with their resounding support for the transfer promises.  We look forward to welcoming tenants, other customers and the staff team to join us at Cairn.”

The Pentland Board will now meet to discuss the result of the ballot before calling a Special General Meeting where they will ask Shareholding Members to formally approve the transfer of engagements to Cairn. The transfer is expected to happen on 1st April 2022 when Pentland tenants will become tenants of Cairn Housing Association.

Until the transfer happens next April, tenants will continue to receive the full range of services, as normal, from Pentland Housing Association.  For more information about the transfer, or if we can help with anything, please get in touch.

Transfer timeline

Sept 2018:

Commission facilitation support.

Staff & stakeholder interviews and background research.

Oct 2018:

Board 2-day workshop to consider & appraise options.

Nov 2018:

Board decide to explore potential of a partnership.

Board informed staff & Regulator of decision.

Staff presentation with a Q&A session.

Dec 2018:

“Getting ourselves ready” work programme agreed.

Jan–May 2019:

Support secured for various work streams (e.g. business plans).

Support secured for tenants.

Regulator attended Board meeting & endorsed process.

June 2019:

Constitutional partnership invitation advertised.

July 2019:

Transfer of engagement (TOE) proposal from Cairn Housing Association.

July-August 2019:

Tenant, Board and staff TOE evaluation and recommendations.

21 August 2019:

Formal Board consideration/approval to further explore TOE.

March 2020:

Pause in transfer discussions as Pentland and Cairn respond to the impact of coronavirus lockdown on their respective services 

October 2020: 

Discussions with Cairn resume and due diligence conclude

Dec 2020:

Tenant consultation begins on priorities for transfer business case

July 2021 :

Tenant consultation begins on outline proposals included in business case

August 2021:

 Formal tenant consultation and publication of Stage 1 Notice setting out the transfer in detail 

September 2021 

Publication of Stage 2 Notice 

October 2021 Formal Ballot of all Tenants on proposal to transfer to Cairn Housing Association  
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