A guaranteed right to return: our promise to Haringey residents

Residents of council estates earmarked for redevelopment in Haringey will enjoy a guaranteed right of return alongside a host of other commitments.

A raft of guarantees to tenants, leaseholders and freeholders set in stone their rights if the council plans to renew or rebuild homes on their estates - writes haringey.gov.uk.

The commitments – which go above and beyond the council’s legal obligations and outstrip offers made by many local authorities – are set out in Haringey Council’s updated Estate Renewal Rehousing and Payments policy (ERRP), agreed by Cabinet this week.

Public consultation on the new policy showed overwhelming support from residents, with more than 80 percent of respondents welcoming the commitments, which include:

· A guaranteed right for all existing council tenants to remain in, or move back to, their estate if it is redeveloped

· A commitment to tenants that the right of return will be on equivalent social rents and the same tenancy terms

· The right to purchase a replacement home in the new development should they want one, for all resident leaseholders and freeholders, including a range of options to make it affordable to them

· A guarantee that tenants who wish to move elsewhere in the borough will be given a comparable social rented home of an appropriate size to meet their family’s needs

· Financial support and help with moving costs for leaseholders and tenants who would prefer to move somewhere else in the borough

The guarantees mean that established communities will always have the choice to remain in the area if their estate is developed, and that no existing residents should be worse off as a result of any estate renewal scheme.

Cllr Alan Strickland, Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration and Planning said:

“We’ve been clear all along that existing residents’ needs are at the heart of our regeneration ambitions, with new homes and jobs to benefit those who call Haringey their home.

“We are committed to enabling communities to stay together and to ensuring that Haringey’s residents reap the rewards of the housing improvements we want to deliver.

“This policy sets in stone the promises we’ve been making for some time – and I’m proud that they go above and beyond our legal obligations and offer reassurance to our residents.”

The ERRP applies to all schemes of more than 20 homes on council housing estates, including those that could be delivered through the Haringey Development Vehicle (HDV) and other partnerships.

The HDV is a proposed partnership with regeneration experts Lendlease that will deliver 6,400 new homes across the borough, alongside new jobs, facilities and investment in community schemes. The ERRP commitments also apply to Housing Association tenants and leaseholders, where redevelopment of their homes has been promoted by Haringey.

Resident leaseholders or freeholders who want to remain on their estate but cannot afford to buy a new property outright will have the option of an interest free equity loan of up to 40 percent of the new property’s value, or a shared ownership home. Under the shared ownership scheme, home-owners would buy a share of between 25 and 60 percent of the property, with no rent to pay on the first 40 percent of the remaining equity and the option to increase the share they own in the future.

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