Tenants Encouraged to have Their Say on Estate Management Charge

Thu 17 Nov 2016

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NPT Homes is currently consulting with those who became tenants between March 2011 and April 2015, on a proposed Estate Management Change.

At the time of the transfer of homes from Neath Port Talbot Council to NPT Homes, the council also transferred verges and open spaces to us. The Council no longer manage these areas and only carry out work to land which remains in their ownership.

We have reviewed the tenancy agreement to clarify the charges tenants are paying and the services they receive.

Since the end of April 2015, new tenants have been paying towards an ‘Estate Management Charge’, which covers the maintenance of the open spaces across the Borough. However, since the transfer in March 2011 some tenants have received this service without charge. As a result we have been funding these services, however we are unable to continue to do this.

Therefore, we are now proposing to add the ‘Estate Management Charge’, estimated to be £1.10 per week, to tenancy agreements signed between March 2011 and March 2015. It is proposed that this will be charged from April 2017 with those in receipt of housing benefit likely to qualify for support in paying the additional charge.

There are no plans to backdate any charges.

At present, no final decision has been made about the proposed changes and we are inviting all tenants that will be affected by the change to write to us with any comments or observations that they may wish to make.

Email: Rachel.Corish@npthomes.co.uk
Call: Rachel Corish 01639 508465

NPT Homes will consider all written responses received during the consultation period and then make a final decision on this matter. We will write to all those affected with the outcome and depending on the outcome of the consultation charges could be included from 1st April 2017.