Published: 5th Oct 2020

Four local authorities in East Kent have taken back control of around 17,000 homes from an arms-length management company (ALMO), which has now closed.  Canterbury City Council, Dover District Council, Folkestone & Hythe District Council and Thanet District Council took back control on 1 October of the homes previously managed by East Kent Housing (EKH), along with most of its staff. Each of the councils has created its own housing service for the tenants and leaseholders of council homes within its own district. The local authorities dismissed the board at EKH in December 2019 and took direct control of the organisation after an independent report highlighted several issues around health and safety. The detailed report by independent housing experts Pennington Choices was commissioned after problems were discovered with gas safety checks, water hygiene checks, electrical checks and fire safety checks at a relatively small number of council homes managed by EKH on their behalf. … (To read the full article, subscribe below)