Signing up to be good neigbhours

Release Date: 22-Sep-2008
New Council tenants in Kirklees are being asked to agree to be good neighbours, under a new scheme developed by KNH.
The Government`s Respect Standard now requires social landlords like KNH to be more accountable to their tenants and to work with them in helping agree and uphold standards of behaviour in their communities

To meet this requirement, KNH has developed a Good Neighbour, Good Landlord Agreement.

The agreement sets out how tenants can support their neighbourhood by helping KNH tackle antisocial and disrespectful behaviour – for example by making sure they don’t annoy their neighbours or by reporting vandalism, graffiti and fly tipping. This will help KNH and the other organisations it works with nip problems in the bud and develop lasting solutions to local problems.

The agreement also sets out KNH’s commitment to its tenants. This includes telling them what they’re doing to tackle antisocial behaviour, providing sensitive and flexible support to victims and witnesses, and helping create neighbourhoods that are safe, welcoming and attractive places to live.

The new agreement was agreed by the KNH Board following consultation with tenant committees and the Kirklees Federation of Tenants and Residents Associations (KFTRA). It is in addition to the contractual Tenancy Agreement that all tenants sign when they move into a council home.

Paul Buckley, KNH’s Director of Neighbourhoods, said: “The Good Neighbour, Good Landlord Agreement is really a moral agreement.

“We want residents to agree to look after their homes and neighbourhoods and, in turn, we will keep our side of the bargain by sorting out problems quickly and keeping people informed about what we’re doing.”

Cora Carter, Chair of the KNH Board and of KFTRA, said: “I welcome and support the introduction of this new agreement.

“It gets the message across that when tenants and residents work together with KNH, we can bring about real change in our neighbourhoods.”

Cllr Liz Smaje, Kirklees Council’s lead member for housing, added her support, saying: “Good Neighbour Agreements have been effective in other parts of the country in creating an increased sense of community spirit and pride, and have led to reductions in anti-social behaviour and vandalism as well as cleaner estates.

“We want to make sure that Kirklees estates are successful, thriving communities, where people live peacefully together. This new agreement is another way that we can work together to achieve that aim.”