Tenant management organisations
Tenant Empowerment Programme
The Tenant Services Authority's (TSA) provides Tenant Empowerment Programme provides grants for council tenants interested in setting up a TMO or negotiating a Local Management Agreement.
To apply for Tenant Empowerment Grant, a Tenant and Residents' Association (or other residents' group) needs to complete a simple Pre-Application Questionnaire and send it to the TSA. If approved, the T&RA employs their own an independent advisor to help them consider their empowerment options. The grant is divided into 3 main parts.
Exploring the Options Part 1
This provides up to £10,000 to allow residents to employ and independent advisor who will work with them to identify local issues, provide training and explain empowerment options. The project lasts for around six months and results in an action plan aimed at enabling residents to have more influence over how their housing services are delivered.
Exploring the Options Part 2
This grant is for groups that want to seriously consider tenant management. The independent advisor will prepare the group for an initial assessment of competency and to serve a Right to Nanage Notice on the Council. This usually takes 3-6 months
Feasibility & Development
Once a residents' group serves a Right to Manage Notice it can apply for Feasibility and Development grant. This last for up to 15 months (but can be extended) and allows group work with their advisor and the Council to develop a TMO, agree allowances and negotiate a Management Agreement. At the end of the process, the group undertakes a full competency assessment. If that is successful a ballot is held of all tenants and leaseholders on the estate to see if they want the TMO to take over housing services.