Brand-new homes available for reduced rent near Barking station
Residents can now access 60 brand-new homes for rent, thanks to a council scheme designed to give local people different housing options in today’s tough property climate.
The one- and two-bedroom apartments are available immediately and based in the recently developed Weavers Quarter, on Ripple Road, just a short walk from Barking station.
Newly built, the flats come complete with white goods including a fridge, washing machine and a built-in cooker.
Each flat is available to rent on an initial one-year introductory tenancy, followed by a five-year assured shorthold agreement.
The properties are managed by Reside, a council-owned company created to provide renting alternatives for people who don’t qualify for traditional council housing but want an alternative to privately renting.
Councillor Cameron Geddes, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Social Housing, said the homes offered an opportunity for local people struggling to find affordable properties in the borough.
Cllr Geddes said: “The council housing of yesterday - where it was easy to get on the housing register and get a property is gone - not just in Barking and Dagenham but across the country.
“We’re adapting to the tough housing climate by offering residents different choices - and rental options at a price they can afford so that they can choose to live in this area, near their friends and family, but without breaking the bank or getting into debt.”
The monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Weavers Quarter is £880 and two-bedroom properties are £1,120, which is 20% cheaper than if let by a private company. The rent includes all services charges - tenants just need to pay council tax and energy bills on top.
Cllr Geddes said although there were certain criteria to meet, including a minimum income, the homes would still be affordable for everyday working people.
He added: “The rents have been set at levels that mean the properties are not out of reach for residents on lower incomes – so whether you’re a couple working full-time in retail or a full-time bus driver with a child and a partner who works part-time and receives child benefit and tax credit, you can still have a choice other than privately renting.
“We’d love to be able to offer more properties like this and at even cheaper rents, but, until the Government starts to seriously tackle the housing shortage, we will struggle to do so.”
Weavers Quarter is just one of a number of developments throughout the borough managed by Reside, which was set-up in 2012. The scheme offers various rent levels between 50%, 65% and 80% of the properties on the private market price.
A total of 60 flats are available immediately. For more information and to apply visit www.affordablelettings.london/content/Developments/WeaversQuarter