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Residents in ‘receivership’ homes secure HE rights

By Kieran Hughes

Ardoyne residents living in homes formerly owned by a property company that went into receivership during the recession  are a step closer to securing equal rights to Housing Executive tenants.

A meeting between a local councillor and the company who manage the homes in streets such as Estoril, Eskdale and Highbury has paved the way for them to be included in planned repair schemes.

Three years ago private developer Magnus Properties (UK) Ltd, who owned the 56 properties, went into receivership and they were taken over by administrator PricewaterhousCoopers.

Earlier this year 30 of the homes were bought into social ownership under the Housing Executive. The remaining homes were bought by the private company Clear Homes.

Last week local Sinn Féin councillor Gerard McCabe meet with Donnelly Dixon Estate Agents, who now manage the homes on behalf of Clear Homes, to ensure that residents receive the same tenant rights as the social housing tenants.

“I’ve been in contact with the new management company raising concerns about aspects of these Ardoyne residents conditions and they have been co-operative and keen to talk. For all tenants modernisation can forge ahead by now being free to be part of the group repair schemes in line with the rest of the Ardoyne area.”

He said that during discussions Donnelly Dixon indicated that the company will not alter any tenant agreements.

“I’ve asked the management agent to facilitate a meeting in the near future to spell out the process and address any remaining uncertainty that remains,” said Councillor McCabe.

Tony Donnelly from Donnelly Dixon said the meetings with Councillor McCabe had been positive and that Clear Homes were keen to start a repair scheme for modernisation.

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