Transfer of housing is under way
PUBLIC housing tenants in 500 properties on the Mid North Coast are in the process of acquiring a new landlord.
Housing NSW is in the process of transferring housing stock from public to community housing management.
This process is seeing community housing organisations like Community Housing Limited taking over long-term head leases on the properties from Housing NSW, which will retain ownership of the properties.
In the next two months 180 one- to four-bedroom public housing units in Coffs Harbour and Sawtell accommodating predominantly older tenants and disability pensioners will be transferred to CHL, which now has a local office at 62 Albany St in Coffs Harbour.
The managing director of CHL, Steve Bevington, said each tenant would now work with a CHL tenant manager.
Mr Bevington said the non-profit CHL, which has been operating since 1994, expected to provide a responsive and efficient service to meet the needs of tenants. The community housing organisations will take over collection of rents, management of tenancies and maintenance.
CHL will also spend more than $2.5 million in upgrading the 180 properties, with the state government contributing $1.5 million and CHL $1 million.
A spokesman for CHL said they had a considerable amount of experience in upgrading properties so they were livable and had a very high retention rate among tenants and the model provided a much more supported approach.
He said in the future CHL was also likely to be involved in increasing the stock of public housing through new construction.
CHL representatives are currently meeting the people who will be their tenants in Coffs Harbour and Sawtell.