Gentoo takes over homes

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SOON-TO-END regeneration project Back on The Map will continue to buy empty and run-down properties in Hendon in its new form as a charity.

Rent money from 60 properties already owned by Back on The Map (BoTM) will be ploughed back into the project, which is due to end in its current form in March.

The agency has handed over management of its current housing portfolio to housing company Gentoo.

In June, BoTM housing manager Stephen Croft warned private landlords in Sunderland they must “get out or improve their game” as the £54million programme bought up and modernised the houses.

After news of the handover, Mr Croft said he believed BoTM’s work would continue to influence the private rental market.

He said: “Being a responsible landlord in the area will help to raise private letting standards and choice, whilst reinforcing Back on the Map’s long-term stake in the neighbourhood.

“Gentoo is the major housing provider in Sunderland and is well placed to provide Back on the Map with excellent housing services.”

Gentoo was invited to work with the BoTM management team in 2009 and the move has come following a “rigorous” tendering process.

Deputy director of Gentoo, Michelle Meldrum, said: “We are delighted to be working with Back on the Map and their customers in the Hendon area.

“We are committed to supporting all of our customers in maintaining their homes and improving neighbourhoods.

“Our local staff will continue to work closely with other agencies in the Hendon area to help improve standards and local service provision.”

Neighbourhood housing manager Lynne Moffett broke the news to existing tenants last month.

She has worked in the Hendon area for more than six years and will be the main contact for residents regarding their tenancy, rent account queries or any other issues.

For more information contact 525 5000.