Pioneering Weslo PRS tenant participation group get together again

Weslo tenant participationWeslo Property Management tenants got together last week for their second tenant participation group meeting.

Since their first meeting in March, the group, the first private sector scrutiny and development group of its kind in Scotland, have been working on a range of topics such as private sector housing policy, property condition and service and tenant scrutiny.

Ashley Millan, head of private rented services at Weslo, said: “Tenant engagement is fairly unusual in the Private Rented Sector and unlike our parent company there is no legal obligation for Weslo Property Management, as a private sector landlord/agent, to engage with our tenants on areas such as tenant scrutiny.

“However, Weslo Property Management aims to mirror, albeit on a smaller scale and without formal regulation, the requirements in which our parent company, Weslo Housing Management, has set out in its tenant participation strategy.”

The group, which is currently made up of eight tenant members, will also consult on, and complete, Government Consultations and will champion best practice within the sector amongst acting as a community anchor amongst their private tenant peers.

Robert Sharp, one of the tenant members, said: “I’ve been renting in the private rented sector for seven years and this is the first time I’ve ever been asked for my opinion. I think this is a great idea, it’s helpful and informative and it’s great to be part of - that’s why I got involved.”

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