Hartlepool tenants asked for feedback on merger

George Garlick, chairman of Thirteen Group.

George Garlick, chairman of Thirteen Group.

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The Thirteen Group is consulting with tenants across Hartlepool ahead of a proposed changes.

All residents in the group’s 34,000 homes are being written to and asked for any feedback on the potential merger of the organisations in the group into one single landlord called Thirteen.

The new organisation, which could come into being in April 2017, would produce the largest landlord in the North East and bosses say it would help safeguard the strength of the organisation and mean less red tape and more flexibility to operate on a streamlined basis.

The move would mean tenants, leaseholders and customers of Erimus Housing, Tees Valley Housing, Housing Hartlepool, Tristar Homes and Thirteen Care and Support would become tenants, leaseholders and customers of Thirteen, with the same rights and responsibilities.

There would be no changes to a customer’s tenancy or lease, or to the services they already receive. Thirteen already has one customer contact centre and one phone number.

George Garlick, chairman of the Thirteen Group, said: “The restructure is the obvious next step in simplifying the way the organisation is set up and managed and making it even more streamlined and cost effective.

“The new structure would reduce the amount of paperwork and red tape, provide better value for money and free up time to focus on continuing to improve the delivery of core services.”

Residents can give feedback by October 13 to onelandlord@thirteengroup.co.uk.