NSW government hands over social housing to NFP

By Tom Lodewyke|19 October 2017

St George Community Housing has won a bid to manage approximately 1,400 social housing properties.

Firms: Corrs Chambers Westgarth (St George Community Housing); Herbert Smith Freehills (NSW Department of Family and Community Services)

Deal: St George Community Housing (SGCH) won a bid to manage approximately 1,400 social housing properties as part of the NSW Department of Family and Community Services’ (FACS) Social Housing Management Transfer (SHMT) program.

Value: Undisclosed

Area: Property

Key players: The Corrs Chambers Westgarth team advising SGCH was led by partner Andrew Chew (pictured), with support from partners Stephen Price and Rommel Harding-Farrenberg and lawyer Jennifer Gamble.

Deal significance: SGCH successfully bid to take over the management of ‘Service Package 9’ from FACS.

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The package comprises approximately 1,400 social housing properties in the North Sydney, Hunters Hill, Lane Cove and Willoughby local government areas.

SGCH, which provides social and affordable housing across the Sydney metropolitan area, will be responsible for all the tenancy and property management services for the properties.

The bid was part of the NSW government’s Social Housing Management Transfer (SHMT) program, which will see the management of approximately 18,000 properties transferred to community housing providers.

Corrs advised SGCH on the procurement process and will also advise on the completion of contracts. Lead partner Andrew Chew said the deal will hopefully make a positive impact on the lives of social housing residents.

“We are very pleased to have been able to assist SGCH as it endeavours to make a positive impact on people’s lives through managing these properties,” he said.

“SGCH is committed to improving the quality of social housing services by partnering with the NSW government, which made its selection based on a range of criteria, including the service provider’s track record of achieving high levels of tenant satisfaction with tenancy and property management services, and Corrs is proud to be part of that.”

Pictured: Corrs Chambers Westgarth partner Andrew Chew

NSW government hands over social housing to NFP
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