Friday, 1 August 2014

Council tenants get totally wired

Council housing in Leeds is to be brought up to date and bathrooms and kitchens will get a fresh look as Leeds City Council upgrades thousands of properties in the city.

Housing throughout Leeds will see the benefits of multi-million pound investment over coming years which will see kitchens and bathrooms brought up to date, electrical wiring checked and replaced as necessary, and a range of other maintenance work completed to ensure properties meet modern standards.
Roofing, windows and doors are also being replaced or renovated at many properties, improving thermal efficiency and insulation.
Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and personnel said:
“We’ve got almost 60,000 properties in Leeds and one of lowest ratios of empty properties in the country. We are upgrading houses to both make sure they are good quality for tenants and to ensure council housing is not seen as a last resort, but as a positive choice.
“We are not only bringing new Council homes to Leeds, but also making significant investments to make our sure our existing tenants have better homes.”
Notes for editors:
Leeds City Council owns and manages approximately 115 multi-storey blocks, 3,650 low/medium rise flat blocks, 5,200 non-traditional build homes (Prefabricated reinforced concrete (PRC) and System Build properties) and 1,600 back to back properties.

Decency Work
Funds
£000s
Activity

Kitchen & Bathroom Replacements
9,800
Kitchen & Bathroom Replacements to approx. 1500 properties across the city
Work has already begun and replacements will continue all year.

Electrical Rewires
2,100
Rewiring approx. 700 properties across the city - ensuring our properties meet the latest legislation.

Roofing
1,800
Roofing replacements delivered across the city in the financial year.

Windows & Doors
1,300
Window & Door replacements to approx. 400 properties citywide - work has started and will be delivered throughout the year.

Issued by:
Phil Morcom,
Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 0244
Email: philip.morcom@leeds.gov.uk