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Call to Meet Needs of BME Tenants

Magazine article Public Finance

Call to Meet Needs of BME Tenants

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Housing associations must step up their efforts to meet the needs of black and ethnic minority (BME) communities, the Housing Corporation has said.

Satisfaction levels among BME tenants are often lower than among tenants as a whole, a corporation study found, although this could be partly down to the fact that BME tenants tended to be younger. Not only are younger tenants more likely to aspire to be homeowners, but they also show a stronger desire for choice over where they live.

But there are important differences between BME groups, said the report, with Asian tenants generally more willing to carry out their own repairs while black tenants tended to push their landlord harder to do the work.

Associations should recognise that the demand by BME families for larger homes might be due to cultural differences, including the need for segregation between men and women, as well as the fact that they have larger families. …

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