Maes Trisant Finds New A New Home With RHA Wales

We are pleased to welcome thirty one new tenants and see them benefit from our local services and community presence. 

Building on our Corporate Plan commitment to grow the organisation and increase our overall resilience, this purchase from Habinteg Housing Association will not only increase our stock numbers but will complement our existing portfolio as RHA already owns over 80 homes in Talbot Green and has an adjacent housing estate a few minutes from Maes Trisant.

Both our organisations have been working through the transfer process for around six months and in consultation with tenants and staff, today we see the completion of the acquisition and smooth transition to RHA as the new landlord.

We are pleased to announce the acquisition of 31 homes to our portfolio.

Many of you will have been aware that a number of schools and buildings around Wales and the UK needed to close due to the presence of RAAC (reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete) being discovered.

In the last month there has been an increased focus on the potential for RAAC to be present in other buildings and some homes. RAAC is a lightweight material that has previously been used during the construction of some buildings. It is used mostly in flat roofing, but also in floors and walls.

Although the issues raised have been mainly identified in schools and other public sector buildings, we appreciate that some tenants may be concerned about their homes.
We want to reassure you that as your landlord, we always take a proactive approach to making sure your homes are well maintained and, most importantly, safe, and we do not believe there is any cause to be concerned. Due to the age and development style of our properties, it is highly unlikely that any of our homes would contain RAAC.
We carry out regular surveys and inspections on all our tenants’ homes which also assesses the condition of any concrete properties, and we haven’t found any issues to date and our surveyors are continuing to undertake inspections.

 

If you have any questions about RAAC or any aspects of safety in your home, then please get in touch with us.

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We are excited to announce that we are working in partnership with Cwm Taf Local Health Board & Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council on our Dan yr Allt project in Rhydfelin, which is being developed by P&P Building and Roofing Contractors.

It is being jointly funded by the Local Health Board and RHA Wales Group to provide a much-needed adapted bungalow which has been designed to meet the needs of a hospital discharge property which will alleviate hospital bed demand on the NHS.  It will also help people move from a hospital setting to an accessible and suitable property, whilst they complete their recovery journey and/or until they are ready to return to their own home full time or until permanent suitable accommodation is identified for them.
This two-bedroom property will be suitable for one person and an additional bedroom for a family member or carer. It comprises of an adapted kitchen and bathroom, with external scooter store and level access all around the property to enable the occupants to easily get out and about.
It will be very energy efficient and achieve an EPC rating of ‘A’ and will have an air source heat pump to provide the main source of power to the bungalow.  It will also have under floor electric heating which will be subsidised by the solar panels on the rear roof elevation of the property.

We expect to complete at the end of 2023 and look forward to welcoming our first tenants and improving lives.

Largest stock acquisition in RHA history

We are pleased to announce the acquisition of 272 homes to our portfolio.

The deal represents the largest stock acquisition in RHA’s history and helps with the continued growth strategy of the association. The homes have been purchased from Wales and West Housing Association (WWHA) and are in Rhondda Cynon Taf. Both organisations have been working closely together to complete the transfer process for a number of months.

RHA colleagues have been engaging with tenants to welcome them and ensure they are fully informed of any changes to enable a smooth transition to RHA as their new landlord.

Abertonllwyd House is a prominent building located in the heart of Treherbert which was built in the 1920’s. We have owned the building since the mid-1980’s and it was previously a mix of bedsits and flats which became less in demand over time, with high void rates, meaning that the building had been empty for several years. Empty properties are a wasted resource and so we began to explore opportunities to bring this building back into use. Due to our close partnership working with RCT Council, we were able to identify an opportunity to re-purpose this building to assist the Council to meet a local housing need.

Work on this project started in October 2021 with P&P Builders with a total cost of £980,000, with the Welsh Government providing £630,000 in Social Housing Grant funding. Additional funding was secured through the Welsh Government in April 2022, which allowed the Council and RHA to redesign and redevelop the building as housing for people who have experienced homelessness in order to provide high quality accommodation that would provide an alternative to the use of temporary accommodation.

RHA has delivered on its new treasury management strategy, securing new facilities with Barclays and funds managed by M&G Investments.

Centrus acted as our advisors on the refinancing, including strategy development, through to implementation and completion of the Private placement. The refinancing was supported by Devonshires, who advised on the private placement financing, and Clarke Wilmott on the property security elements and bank financing.

The transaction has streamlined RHA’s treasury portfolio and secured long-term interest rate security, providing RHA with increased capacity and a strong financial platform from which it can deliver its growth ambitions.

Your health and well-being are our priority at RHA.

Further to recent Government advice and to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) we closed our offices in Compton Road, Tonypandy on Thursday 19th March until further notice.

 

RHA office closure & ongoing services: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We want to reassure all our tenants and partners that we continue to operate all critical services, responding to telephone calls, emails and messages via our social media. Our staff are getting in touch with you regarding any individual appointments you may have arranged for the coming weeks.

If you are a tenant and need to speak to a member of our team, then please call our usual number 01443 424200.

We will continue to follow advice from the UK and Welsh Government and Public Health Wales, and we will keep you updated via our website and on our social media channels.

 

 

Please visit the below websites for further information and advice:

 

Following Government advice issued on Monday 23rd March, we have switched to an emergency repair service only.
Emergency repairs are those that are a priority to protect your health and safety or there is serious damage to your home

If you have a repair and you are unsure if it is an emergency or not, then please contact us on the number above or email: [email protected]

We will continue to monitor the situation and are working closely with all our contractors regarding this matter on a daily basis. As soon as we can, we will instruct the contractors to resume with routine repairs and orders.

 

A letter to all social housing tenants from the Welsh Government Minister for Housing and Local Government regarding support for those in with any financial difficulties as a result of Covid-19 can be viewed below:

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