The National Housing Federation’s Together with Tenants initiative has now been formally adopted by 165 housing associations, covering more than two million homes.
Together with Tenants is a sector-wide initiative focused on strengthening the relationship between residents and housing association landlords. A key component is its charter, which sets out in clear terms what residents can and should expect from their landlord, including increased board accountability to residents.
Adopting Together with Tenants, along with the new Code of Governance, will ensure the sector is already working to deliver many of the commitments set out in the Social Housing White Paper in advance of any legislation or new regulation being brought forward.
Kate Henderson, Chief Executive at the National Housing Federation, said: “This is incredibly positive news. It means that 80% of the homes owned and run by our members are now covered by the Together with Tenants programme and charter, demonstrating a real commitment by the sector to improving the way we listen to residents and how we involve them on the issues they care about most.
“This initiative has been a collaborative effort between ourselves, an independent group of residents and our members. It represents a comprehensive approach to strengthening relationships with residents and a genuine willingness on the part of housing associations to be accountable at every level.
“We expect even more of our members to join within the next month, and look forward to this important initiative continuing to progress.”