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Soha Housing last week increased its local social housing stock in a transfer of 98 homes from Bromford housing association.
The homes are in Wallingford, where Soha already owned 385 properties, as well as in Beaconsfield and Chesham in Buckinghamshire.
The move had been around a year in the making after 44,000 home Bromford, based in Wolverhampton, started a search for a more local landlord for some of its more outlying homes. Soha was selected on its value for money and scope of services to residents. The householders affected by the transfer were all consulted as part of the process. More than half of the homes are general needs rented social housing with the rest being shared ownership and some leasehold properties.
Chief Executive of Soha Housing Kate Wareing (pictured) said: “I am delighted to welcome our new residents to Soha. We are a local, not for profit, community landlord owned by our residents and staff. We exist to deliver excellent services to our residents, and build new homes for people who need them. As a local landlord we are always interested in how we can build and deliver more homes for people in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. ”
Soha is a 23 year old housing association, itself the product of a transfer of homes – from South Oxfordshire District Council to the newly created Soha in 1997. Soha has been a mutual organisation since 2017, meaning that residents and staff can own a share in their landlord and take part in company decisions. Members of Soha are represented by a 20-strong Members’ Forum which was kept in touch with the progress of the proposed Bromford transfer. Both Bromford and Soha are members of the PlaceShapers national network of more than 120 community-based housing associations