The Benefits of Joining CEHSA
CEHSA was created in 2010 with the support and backing of the Community Housing Council and Housing SA, to assist housing co-operatives and associations through management assistance in a climate of increased compliance demand.
CEHSA is a not for profit umbrella organisation with membership of small housing co-operative organisations. It uses its resources to provide better services to its Member Organisations (MOs). Offering flexibility, CEHSA can manage some, or all, of your MO’s administrative services, such as rent reviews, rent collection, maintenance services, bill paying and BAS returns.
National Regulatory System (NRS)
CEHSA successfully registered as a Tier 3 community housing provider in June 2015. From this date, Members of CEHSA do not need to actively participate in the NRS, because they are no longer required to be registered.
ASIC, ACNC, OCBA and Other Regulatory Bodies
CEHSA monitors both state and federal legislation and reporting requirements and the changes in legislation that have an impact upon CEHSA’s Members. Each year, MOs which are registered as a charity are required to report their Annual Information Statement to the ACNC. CEHSA can do this on your behalf.
What else can CEHSA do for you?
CEHSA also takes care of large accounts such as council and water rates, insurance and monthly capital contribution payments.
CEHSA maintains a Housing Improvement Fund for its Members, the purpose of which is to assist in the development of special projects not covered by maintenance.
The role of MO Treasurer can be a very complex task. Each month, CEHSA will provide your Treasurer with a full set of financial reports (including rent arrears information). CEHSA can also assist in the preparation of your MO’s Budgets.
CEHSA’s rent management software assists staff to complete the rent reviews twice yearly, as is required by regulation. Total rent management is also taken care of along with Asset Inspections, a Summary Maintenance Plan and the Annual Data Collection.
Property maintenance and housing standards are assured as CEHSA’s support reduces the load for each MO. MOs may continue using their preferred maintenance systems and contractors for work.
What will your MO still want to do?
CEHSA recognises your MO may want to continue to make plans and decisions to retain a degree of autonomy. Member Organisations can continue to select new tenants, manage tenancies and work in their local community of interest, and can choose to continue managing some administration tasks. To assist in covering operating costs, CEHSA will also provide your MO with a monthly Operating Allowance.
Upon joining CEHSA, our staff communicate with a dedicated contact person from your MO to ensure a smooth transition, and that all important information is reliably passed on to the MO and tenants.