Council takes on ‘troubled’ housing stock

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Mansfield District Council is joining forces with the ASRA Housing Group to manage 100 properties in Warsop and Ladybrook.

A total of 71 of the properties are located across the Mount Pleasant Estate in Warsop and 29 are on George Street in Lower Ladybrook.

In the past, the properties, which are all owned by ASRA, have been difficult to let, a district council spokesman said.

The properties will remain in the ownership of ASRA Housing, but the authority will undertake the tenancy management and all landlord functions.

A dedicated district council housing officer will also be appointed to manage the properties with a view to reducing the turnover of tenants, maximising the rental income and ensuring that anti-social behaviour is reduced.

District council housing spokesman Coun Mick Colley said: “This partnership will be good for the council, ASRA and tenants. The council is well placed to manage these properties, as we already have in place the repair and management structures needed to run our own housing stock.

“We are also well placed to deal with crime and disorder and anti-social behaviour, as we have partnership arrangements with the police and other organisations that can be utilised to tackle the issues associated with the properties. This agreement will also ensure levels of social housing available for rent are maintained. “