Tenants set to thrive in Hertfordshire town

Thrive Homes has taken on new homes in a Hertfordshire town as part of plans to increase our housing stock over the next few years.

We acquired 12 houses in Mill End, Rickmansworth, from Circle Housing South Anglia.

Tenants in the mix of two and three-bedroom affordable rented homes have now transferred to Thrive.

Our staff are currently making contact with new customers to get to know the residents and introduce Thrive as their new landlord.

Jo Barrett, Operations Director at Thrive, said the transfer to a smaller housing association would lead to a better, more responsive service for residents.

She said: “We already own a number of homes in Mill End, so it will be very easy to manage these new properties.

“The move is part of our plans to build and increase our stock of affordable housing in key areas where we want to work.

“This ties in with the ambitions in Thrive’s strategic plan, to increase our stock by 150 homes through acquisitions and new developments by 2019.”

She added: “Our new tenants are aware that we already have a strong presence in the community and seem pleased that we are locally based. The top priority for all the residents we have spoken to so far is getting repairs done.”

This transfer is part of Circle Housing’s long-term strategy to make the best use of its homes, while building new, modern, energy-efficient homes and investing money back into its communities. After a competitive tender exercise, Circle Housing decided Thrive was best placed to ensure residents continued to receive high standards of service.

In January, we expanded into a new area when we acquired our first homes in Milton Keynes – 15 houses in the village of Simpson – from Southern Housing Group.