Regulator intervenes due to ‘serious weaknesses’ at Antonine Housing Association
The Scottish Housing Regulator has used its statutory powers to appoint a manager and seven governing body members to Antonine Housing Association after an independent investigation uncovered serious weaknesses in its governance.
Recently commissioned by the Association, the investigation found that Antonine “had persistently failed to comply with important aspects of its constitutional arrangements over a significant period of time in relation to: its general meetings and the membership; the election of governing body members, and the attendance of governing body members at its meetings”.
As a result, Antonine confirmed that it does not have a governing body which is able to make decisions on behalf of the Association and asked the Regulator to consider appointing its own officers.
The Regulator said significant concerns about these weaknesses, along with its duty to protect tenants’ interests, informed its decision to use its powers to ensure that Antonine complies with its regulatory standards.
Christine Macleod, director of regulation, said: “Our priority is to protect the interests of tenants. We’ve appointed a manager and governing body members as a proportionate and effective action to ensure that Antonine has the leadership it needs to manage its day to day business. Our intervention will also give confidence to its public and private funders and safeguard the hard-earned reputation of registered social landlords.”
The Regulator has published a regulation plan which sets out how it will work with Antonine. The appointments will be reviewed after six months.
Antonine Housing Association was registered as a social landlord in 2000. It owns and manages 338 homes and provides factoring services to 701 owners in the East Dunbartonshire and North Lanarkshire local authority areas. It acts as the Managing Agent for the Care and Repair Service on behalf of East Dunbartonshire Council.
Employing 12 people, its turnover for the year ended 31 March 2015 was just over £1.6 million.