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Transfer

This page is dedicated to the proposed Transfer of Engagements between Fairfield Housing Association and Kingdom Housing Association.

We’ll keep this page up to date with the latest news and information regarding the process so you always know what is happening. We’ll also let you know how you can have your say and be a part of the process.


In September 2021, following a period of statutory intervention by the Scottish Housing Regulator, tenants of Fairfield Housing Association overwhelmingly voted for a Transfer of Engagements to Kingdom Housing Association. 

On 19th October 2021 at Special General Meeting 1 and the 4th November 2021 at Special General Meeting 2 the Shareholders of Fairfield Housing Association voted unanimously in favour of the Transfer of Engagement to Kingdom Housing Association. 

The minutes of Special General Meeting 1 and 2 are available here:

SGM1 Minutes

SGM2 Minutes


Fairfield Housing Association (Fairfield) tenants have resoundingly backed the proposed transfer to Kingdom Housing Association (Kingdom) with 95.4% voting YES to the proposal. The ballot was open for 29 days with an impressive 74.7% of tenants taking the opportunity to cast their vote and make their voice heard.

Subject to final consents being achieved, the transfer is expected to complete on 1 Dec 2021.

You can read more about the ballot result here.


Following a successful Stage 1 Consultation, we have moved to Stage 2 where will be asking you to cast your vote in the Transfer of Engagements Ballot.

A reminder of Kingdom's promises to you if you vote 'Yes' for the transfer to happen has been published and all tenants will receive a copy.

Transfer of Engagements Ballot 2021 

Fairfield Housing Association Ltd has asked Civica Election Services to conduct the ballot on the proposed transfer of engagements to Kingdom Housing Association.  You should have received a Landlord Offer document recently which provides details of  the proposal for the Transfer of Engagements Ballot. 

It is this proposal by Fairfield Housing  Association Ltd that you are being asked to vote on.

The question on the ballot paper is:

Do you agree with the proposed transfer of engagements from Fairfield Housing Association to Kingdom Housing Association?

And you will be asked to vote ‘Yes’ or ‘No’.

Ballot papers will be sent to you directly with instructions on how to cast your vote. You can vote online, by post, by phone, by text and by using the ballot box provided at the Fairfield Office on Fairfield Avenue.

Voting opens on 31 August and closes on Tuesday 28 September 2021.

 

Głosowanie w sprawie przeniesienia świadczonych usług 2021

O przeprowadzenie głosowania w sprawie proponowanego przeniesienia świadczonych usług do Spółdzielni Mieszkaniowej Kingdom Housing Association Spółdzielnia Mieszkaniowa Fairfield Housing Association Ltd poprosiła specjalizującą się w organizacji głosowań firmę Civica Election Services. Powinni byli Państwo otrzymać niedawno dokument zatytułowany Oferta wynajmującego (Landlord Offer), który zawiera szczegóły głosowania w sprawie propozycji przeniesienia świadczenia usług.

Prosi się Państwo o oddanie głosu w sprawie poniższej propozycji Spółdzielni Mieszkaniowej Fairfield Housing Association Ltd.

Pytanie na karcie do głosowania brzmiało będzie następująco:

„Czy zgadzasz się z proponowanym przeniesieniem świadczonych usług ze Spółdzielni Mieszkaniowej Fairfield Housing Association do Spółdzielni Mieszkaniowej Kingdom Housing Association?”

Zostaną Państwo następnie poproszeni o oddanie głosu na „Tak” lub „Nie”’.

Karty do głosowania z instrukcjami, jak oddać swój głos, zostaną wysłane bezpośrednio do Państwa. Mogą Państwo głosować online, pocztą, telefonicznie, SMS-owo lub korzystając z urny wyborczej znajdującej się przy biurze Spółdzielni Fairfield na ulicy Fairfield Avenue.

Głosowanie rozpoczyna się 31 sierpnia, a kończy we wtorek, 28 września 2021 r.


The Stage 1 Consultation Notice has been published and all tenants will receive a copy. The Consultation Notice has all the information you need about the proposed transfer to Kingdom Housing Association. It tells you how a transfer would affect you and outlines all of the amazing benefits the transfer will bring if you vote 'Yes' in the tenant ballot. 

We invite you to read through the proposals and let us know what you think about the proposed transfer by 2nd August 2021.

You can send us your feedback by completing this form onlineYou can also email transfer@fha.scot or call 01738 630738.

Remember, the transfer can only go ahead if you vote 'Yes' when the transfer ballot is held.


The latest editions of Transfer News, the joint newsletter from Fairfield and Kingdom Housing Associations are available to read and download from this page. 

We welcome any feedback you have on the proposed Transfer of Engagements and encourage you to get in touch if you have any questions or concerns.


You can find out the answers to your Frequently Asked Questions here.


Background Information

On 3 December 2018 the Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR) decided to use its statutory powers at Fairfield Housing Co-operative (now Housing Association) to protect the interests of tenants and to address serious and widespread failures across all Regulatory Standards.

The last 2 years have been challenging. We have seen changes at Board and senior officer level, and we completed two strategic options appraisals. This has all happened whilst we have had to deal with Covid-19 restrictions and other operational constraints which will have impacted on our ability to provide high quality services to our tenants.

To address the SHR concerns Fairfield has been working collaboratively with Kingdom Housing Association and this has been one of the key elements of the recovery strategy over the last year. We entered a shared services arrangement with Kingdom and since May 2020 they have provided us with a range of management services. The  feedback is that this has been going very well.

However, without support from Kingdom, we would continue to face big challenges on an ongoing basis to address the risks to tenants arising from Fairfield’s failure to comply with Regulatory Standards. 

In considering all of this, in January 2021 we completed our second strategic options appraisal to assess how the interests of Fairfield tenants could best be served in the future. After a detailed and thorough process, the assessment concluded that the best solution that would allow us to do much more for our tenants would be to become part of Kingdom. Our Board has therefore agreed we should pursue a Transfer of Engagements with Kingdom Housing Association.

In reaching this decision, we would emphasise that all Board Members had the best interest of tenants at the forefront of our minds. We are confident that this decision will lead to improved outcomes for tenants while safeguarding the local, community focused, and personalised services that tenants and staff value.

We now have a lot of hard work ahead over the coming months to develop a detailed Business Case and transfer proposal with Kingdom. We will then carry out detailed consultation with all of our tenants on these plans in line with SHR statutory guidance. Following consultation, the final transfer offer to tenants will then be the subject of an independent tenant ballot where every tenant gets to vote on whether the transfer goes ahead. The final decision on any transfer will therefore be up to our tenants.

Over the coming months, more information will be provided and you will have the opportunity to have your say.

We have also appointed the Tenant Information Service (TIS) to provide independent advice and help answer any questions you have.

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