York council embarks on major stock condition survey

A city council in Yorkshire is embarking on a comprehensive survey of its owned housing stock to see what kind of condition they are in, and help formulate its investment plans.

City of York Council says the survey of its 7,400 council homes will gather the information needed to plan and fund an improvement programme, which regularly invests £10m per year in the modernisation of its properties.

Councillor Michael Pavlovic, the city council’s executive member for housing, said: “All residents have a right to live in good quality, well-maintained homes. This survey is part of our commitment to upgrading our existing homes and was agreed as part of our emergency budget in July.

“York’s council homes have been built over the past 100 years in many different styles and use a range of construction methods. All the information we gather from this survey, will be used to plan how a comprehensive programme, which details how the homes can be modernised.

“This is the first time we have surveyed all of our housing stock in one project and is a major exercise, which requires access to every home. We want to thank our customers in advance for their support with this work and allowing access to their homes for the surveyors. It will all help us improve the way we work and, ultimately, the quality of the homes we provide.”

The data on all the homes will be used to help target resources; which of its homes will need re-roofing, for example, or need new doors. The survey will help develop efficient programmes of work, the council says.

Furthermore, the survey findings will be used to as evidence for funding applications to help support greater levels of investment.

According to the council, the information will also help improve services and support residents on a day-to-day basis. By knowing more about the condition and fittings in residents’ homes, they can be repaired more promptly and efficiently, it says.

Any major health and safety issues that are identified will be addressed straight away, the council adds.


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