Housing association responds to Bute incentive fears

Argyll Community Housing Association plans to offer cash incentives of �700 to attract new tenants to its empty properties on Bute.
Argyll Community Housing Association plans to offer cash incentives of �700 to attract new tenants to its empty properties on Bute.

The largest registered social landlord in Argyll and Bute has responded to concerns over a proposed incentive scheme for properties on the island.

Members of Bute Community Council expressed concern last month at Argyll Community Housing Association’s plan to offer cash incentives of £700 to tackle the large number of empty properties on Bute.

Writing to BCC secretary Mick Common, ACHA’s regional manager Iona MacPhail said: “Properties included within the incentive scheme will be let in accordance with the rules and criteria of the Home Argyll Lettings Policy.

“For tenants accepting a property within the incentive scheme cash payments will be made over an 14 month period amounting to £700 paid as follows: £50 paid following sign up; £100 paid after 4 months tenancy completed; £200 paid after 9 months tenancy completed; £350 paid after 14 months’ tenancy completed

“Payments will not be made if any aspect of the tenancy conditions has not been met, for example rent arrears, condition of property or anti social behaviour. Inspections of the property will take place prior to each due date for payments.

“We feel that this approach will ensure that new tenants who are getting the benefit of the Incentive Scheme will also maintain high standards within their homes and in their behaviour within the community.”

ACHA chief executive Alastair MacGregor told a meeting in Rothesay earlier this year that of exactly a hundred properties the organisation is unable to let due to low demand, 40 were located on Bute.