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Putting residents at the heart of housing regeneration has resulted in overwhelming support for proposals to revamp the Brookhill Close estate in Greenwich, demonstrating the critical importance of early and continual engagement with communities.
Residents were balloted in February to ask whether or not they wanted plans to go ahead. Of the 99 eligible voters, 87% voted, with 86% in favour of regeneration.
Hyde is planning to demolish 80 homes, replacing them with 272 new flats and houses, as well as improving the layout of the estate. There will be 76 social rented homes for existing residents and London Affordable Rent homes for new tenants. There will also be 64 homes for shared ownership and a further 132 for private sale, which will help fund regeneration.
South Tyneside Housing Ventures Trust is seeking 10 empty homes to transform and bring back into use.
The independent, not-for-profit housing company has already bought and renovated more than 50 properties to be rented out as affordable homes across the Borough.
It is now seeking a further 10 properties after securing additional funding from Homes England.
512,000 (or one in seven) social tenants are living in poverty because of the impact of smoking costs on their disposable income.
Thousands of homes will be built in growing communities as a result of a £142 million investment in infrastructure, the Housing Minister Kit Malthouse MP confirmed this month.
EnviroVent, the Harrogate-based manufacturer of ventilation solutions, is celebrating winning ‘Domestic Ventilation Product of the Year’ at the 25th annual H&V News Awards for its innovative ATMOS® system.
ATMOS® is the first ever smart range of PIV (Positive Input Ventilation) solutions, with five different units designed to improve indoor air quality and eradicate the problem of condensation and mould growth in all types and sizes of homes.
As the Tenant Fees Act came into force on June 1, a property expert has warned the legislation could be “throwing the baby out with the bathwater” and will put extra strain on already over-burdened councils and housing associations.
The new Act prevents landlords from charging deposits worth over five weeks’ rent, while letting fees are banned. Charges for damages will not be allowed, unless there is ample evidence of costs produced.
The problem of damp in the social housing sector is one of the most common complaints tenants make about their property.
Every year reports appear in the media highlighting such cases, with stories often linking to health fears over the issue.
With this in mind, national trade body the Property Care Association (PCA) has developed an in-house training programme to give specialists in the social housing and local authority sectors with responsibility for housing stock maintenance, a recognised route to qualification.