Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Roof on the financial health of on housing associations

It seems only yesterday there was all the Housing Corporation talk of housing associations "sweating their assets". Now the Tenant Services Authority has a watch list of half dozen or so housing associations in worryingly poor financial health.

The latest issue of the re-vamped Roof magazine brings more festive cheer (not). In its article on housing associations “On the edge” it sets out how 24 of the largest associations fared in 2007/8: 13 of them had interest payable greater than their operating surplus.

In the financial year 2008/9, things will be even harder. If associations breach loan covenants, lenders will play hard ball in negotiating new terms that reflect the new post-crunch world.

Merry Christmas.

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