26 March 2020.
The Jersey Homes Trust is a responsible and compassionate housing provider. We are used to working with those of our tenants who may have financial difficulties from time to time.
During the Coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis we recognise that some tenants will experience delays or interruptions in their income and prompt payment of rental may be affected. In such cases it is important to contact our Managers and to explain the problem. You will find us helpful and understanding.
In all normal circumstances we expect you to continue to pay your rent when it is due.
If you are laid off from work you should contact Customer & Local Services to make a claim for Income Support, which will assist you to pay your rent. Existing Income support claimants should contact Income Support by email Income.email@example.com with details of any change in circumstances.
The Jersey Homes Trust does not intend to evict tenants who go into rent arrears because of Covid-19.
Finally, we are happy to announce that Trustees have decided;
until further notice, the Trust will not implement rental increases that fall due.
Michael Van Neste
Jersey Homes Trust
The Jersey Homes Trust is run by a board of seven Trustees, all of whom are active professional people.
The Chairman of the Trustees is Michael Van Neste. He has overall responsibility for the proper functioning of the Trust, the coordination of its activities and chairing the meetings of Trustees. His personal responsibilities include liaison with States ministers and departments. His annual Chairman's Report is published on this website. Mr Van Neste is chairman of the Cranham Group, a property investment and development group based in Jersey.
Chris Clarke is the Trust's Development Director. His role includes liaison with developers, architects and other professionals in connection with new schemes. He is also involved in the appointment of consultants and contractors and maintaining records of progress and certifying accounts. Chris recently retired after over 40 years in the construction industry. He is a Past President of the Lions Club of Jersey and Past President of the Council of Trustees – Maison des Landes Hotel.
Frank Dearie has over 35 years’ experience in financial services in Jersey. He was previously with Abacus Financial Services Group and with Royal Bank of Canada. He is now an independent advisor and is non-executive Director of on boards for several leading organisations in Jersey and elsewhere. His role within the JHT team is risk, compliance and governance.
Paul Labesse is a chartered surveyor and runs his own business, Labesse & Company. As a Trustee his role is Estates Director, which involves acting as liaison between the Trustees and the Trust's property managers. This requires him to deal with matters other than day-to-day management issues such as tenant policies, maintenance strategies and management structures.
Philip Le Cornu is the Trust's Secretary. He was admitted to the English Bar in 1992 and the Jersey Bar in 2002. He was previously a Partner of Ogier, a Group Director of Elian Private Wealth and then head of the Private Wealth business within Intertrust. He now works for a Philanthropic Foundation.
As a Trustee Ian Moore brings with him his skills in accountancy. He is a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant and was the founder director of Moore Management. Ian Moore has many years' experience in the finance industry in Jersey and is a former chairman of the Jersey Funds Association and a founding director of Jersey Finance, a company set up by the finance industry and the States of Jersey with responsibility for promoting Jersey as a finance centre.
Martyn Scriven is the Trust's Deputy Chairman. He was a career banker coming to Jersey in 1994, and retiring from his role as senior Jersey director for Barclays Bank in 2004. Since that time he has continued in pretty much full-time employment and is currently on a number of local boards principally of businesses operating in the private equity and funds sector. He also remains an active sportsman and enjoys supporting Jersey Squash.