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Council tenants in Plymouth voted in favour of transferring the ownership and management of their homes to Plymouth Community Homes in November 2008.

In a secret ballot, 67.49 per cent of tenants voted in favour of transfer with 32.51 per cent voting no. Overall there was a 61.22 per cent turnout.

The vote meant that Plymouth City Council’s 15,000 homes transferred to Plymouth Community Homes in late 2009, with consent from the Secretary of State.

The ‘yes’ vote meant we could embark on a £168 million programme of improvements for tenants’ homes in the first five years after transfer.

Tenants’ key rights and entitlements were protected and they had a bigger say in how their homes and housing services were run with a third of the seats on the management board of Plymouth Community Homes.

The late Peter Ebsworth, former tenant and the first Chair of Plymouth Community Homes, summarised the mood at that time: “We are delighted that tenants have voted in favour of the transfer.

“Tenants should be congratulated for taking such a momentous decision. Now it is up to Plymouth Community Homes to deliver the brighter future tenants voted for, continuing to work closely with tenants at every stage of the process.”

In 2014 we celebrated our fifth anniversary. To mark this we shared fifteen stories from staff, residents and partners in a Fifth Anniversary Microsite.

Find out more about our history by reading the stories in our News Archive.