BACK in 1989, a new organisation called Waverley Housing secured a contract to manage the houses of the Scottish Special Housing Association (SSHA) in the central Borders.
Three years later, Waverley assumed landlord status and hit the headlines when it benefited from the first large-scale voluntary transfer of housing stock in Scotland, acquiring 1,182 houses from Scottish Homes. This number was boosted by another 800 homes through the former tenants’ choice transfer scheme. Even with right-to- buy sales, Waverley Housing today owns, manages and maintains more than 1,500 houses. It also organisers open space maintenance of a number of tenants as well as owner-occupiers.
To mark the 21st anniversary of its inception, Waverley invited more than 200 of its original tenants to attend a special reception at its annual general meeting in Hawick. Each tenant received a gift voucher to mark the milestone.