Ribbon-cutting celebration as new landlords take stock in Manchester

The stock transfer completion of Hamilton Lodge, a development of 24 social housing flats in Rusholme, Manchester, was celebrated this week with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by representatives from social housing provider Stonewater, place-making organisation One Manchester and local residents.

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The one-bedroom flats with 16 garages, have been sold by Stonewater to local provider Eastlands Homes Partnership Ltd, part of One Manchester which owns and manages 12,000 properties across central, east and south Manchester.

“Hamilton Lodge is the only social housing scheme we own in Manchester and it’s a long way from our closest office in Calderdale,” says Nicholas Harris, Stonewater Chief Executive Designate. “We felt customers would benefit if the property was managed by a more locally based housing provider. One Manchester is ideally placed to manage these flats and provide Hamilton Lodge customers with a responsive, efficient and high-quality service that will deliver good value for money.”

Dave Williams, Director of Assets and Growth at One Manchester, says: “As the new landlord, it’s important for us to spend time getting to know residents and introducing ourselves - particularly members of our communities team who will be providing a wide range of services to tenants. Being a local provider means we can be on hand and accessible for their needs.

“It’s been a really successful week for all those involved and we now look forward to continuing to support the residents of Hamilton Lodge and investing in the neighbourhood.”

Hamilton Lodge is the second stock transfer Stonewater has completed in the Greater Manchester area this year. In July, the housing provider transferred Holly Bank, a development of nine flats in Ashton-under-Lyne, to local social landlord New Charter Homes.