Council to carry out first housing survey since 2011

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We are carrying out our first major housing review in more than half a decade.

The large-scale operation will involve contractors reviewing the conditions of all of our 16,000 residential properties, which includes high-rise flats and sheltered housing.

Surveyors – Faithorn Farrell Timms and Baily Garner – will check the condition of the exterior of homes, including reviewing any wear and tear on roofs or damage to brickwork.

Around 20 per cent of properties will be randomly selected to have an interior survey, which involves checking the condition of kitchens, bathrooms and boilers, to ensure they meet modern day standards.

Homes that meet high standards

Councillor Dominic Twomey, Deputy Leader of the council and Cabinet Member for Finance, Growth and Investment, said: “This housing survey will give each council property a health check and help inform our plans for the borough over the next 20 years.

“As a landlord to thousands of tenants we take our responsibilities very seriously and it is important we provide homes that meet high standards.”

The last time a review of this kind was carried out in the borough was in 2011.

The surveys will begin in February and run into the late spring. Residents are reminded to ask staff or contractors for identification before giving them access to their property.