The sale of six residential care homes by Nottinghamshire County Council has been finalised.
The Conservative-run council sold the homes for £2.5m to private firm Runwood which will continue to run them.
More than 2,500 people signed a petition opposing the sale which was agreed in September.
Runwood said it would spend £3m over the next five years to improve facilities and increase bed numbers at the homes.
County council leader Kay Cutts has said the money raised from the sale of the homes will be reinvested into care for older people
The homes sold are Bramwell Care Home, Bramcote; Braywood Gardens Care Home, Carlton; Jubilee Court Care Home, Hucknall; Leawood Manor Residential Home, West Bridgford; Maun View, Mansfield; and Westwood, Worksop.
Runwood Homes runs 47 care facilities and employs 2,000 staff in the UK.
Sourced from BBC News, 26th March 2012.