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Council house repairs costing £1m a year

PUBLISHED: 08:22 10 September 2015 | UPDATED: 08:27 10 September 2015

Becontree Estate

Becontree Estate

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Damage to council properties is costing Barking and Dagenham about £1 million a year in repairs.

The council has announced a “zero tolerance policy” towards tenants who don’t look after their houses properly.

And having introduced a re-charging policy, tenants are being warned about the dangers of not taking their sense of civic pride seriously.

Cllr Saima Ashraf, deputy leader and cabinet member for housing, said: “We cannot afford to pay out for repairs on council homes which have been damaged by tenants acting inappropriately.

“If you live in a council home it’s your responsibility to pay for repairs caused by wilful damage – you cannot expect council taxpayers to pick up the tab.”

The move comes as part of Barking and Dagenham Council’s wider drive to encourage more social responsibility.

Cllr Ashraf explained that when the Becontree Estate was first built in the inter war years there were strict rules on tenancy.

“We are determined to encourage that return to old east end pride,” she added.

“Whether causing wilful criminal damage to their home, or failing to keep their front garden tidy or pick up litter – there will be zero tolerance.”


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