Picton street sees new lease of life following housing association acquisition

In 2023, Pine Court Housing Association acquired 23 homes on Tunstall Street in a £3.2 million deal with Liverpool City Council.

The once derelict road in Picton is now home to a vibrant community that is thriving just nine months following the acquisition.

Pine Court Housing Association, part of The Sovini Group, was established in 1986 as a registered social landlord, with a mission to provide quality homes and inclusive housing services for those in need.

Their acquisition of the street has seen local people benefit from an affordable route to homeownership through a Rent to Buy scheme.

Claire, one of the street’s new residents, is optimistic about the future and aims to buy her home following the five-year scheme that she says has changed her life.

“Before moving into Tunstall Street we lived in market rent properties and found it impossible to save for a deposit. The whole process has been seamless and has provided us with security we never thought we would have, it’s changed my life,” says Claire.

Claire adds, “Pine Court has been incredible and I would recommend them without hesitation. I love living here, there is a real community feel as we all moved in at the same time, and everyone is sociable which is lovely.”

As one of the Liverpool City Region’s leading registered social landlords, Pine Court has a customer satisfaction rating of 99% across its diverse communities which are made up of 57% minority ethnic customers.

Isaac and Keziah live on the street with their three-year-old daughter and eight-month-old son.

Isaac said, “We both moved a lot when we were kids, so wanted to find somewhere that we could our family could put down roots. Rent to Buy has given us more security for the future and we hope to purchase our home as part of the scheme.”

Keziah added: “We are very comfortable here, we love our home and the community on the street. Pine Court has been amazing too, the welcome pack we got was really good, and the team is very supportive.”

David Brown, Director at Pine Court said: “It has been incredible to see a new lease of life injected into Tunstall Street now that our customers are settled into their new homes.”

“The acquisition of Tunstall Street has delivered on our [The Sovini] Group’s vision of a better future, as we create opportunities and change lives by helping local people to get onto the property ladder. I look forward to seeing the community continue to thrive here for years to come,” he added.

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