Hammersmith and Fulham Council could give all its housing tenants the opportunity to take more control of their homes.
Politicians at Monday’s (December 1) cabinet meeting will decide whether to launch a consultation to explore how people living in 12,500 council homes and 4,600 leasehold properties can have more say over how their homes are run.
If given the rubber stamp, the process will look at the different options available to give residents more control, which could mean allowing them to buy their houses or a residents’ organisation to run them.
Before any decisions are made there will be a ballot on the final proposals.
The move comes as the Labour council, who took over from the Conservatives in May’s local elections, attempts to protect its tenants from developers in the borough.
Lisa Homan, the council’s housing boss, said, “We are committed to devolving more control to residents.
“We will ensure that tenants and leaseholders will be fully involved in an accountable and transparent process, and any recommendation leading to a substantial change will be put to a ballot.”
Earlier this month the council agreed to set up a residents’ commission to ensure they have more of a say throughout the process. It is now seeking to appoint an independent chair to lead the group while it identifies the best options to give more control to tenants and leaseholders.
The commission will take evidence from independent experts and members of the public. Anyone wishing to give evidence to the commission should email: email@example.com