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Major review of Barking and Dagenham council homes to start next week

PUBLISHED: 09:29 02 February 2018

Barking and Dagenham Council is to carry out its first housing review in more than half a decade.

Barking and Dagenham Council is to carry out its first housing review in more than half a decade.

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Inspectors will visit about 16,000 homes in Barking and Dagenham as part of the council’s first housing review since 2011.

Starting next week, contractors will check conditions on each building, including high-rise flats and sheltered housing, for wear and tear on roofs or damage to brickwork.

About one fifth of the council houses will be randomly selected for an “interior survey” involving check-ups on their kitchens, bathrooms and boilers.

“This housing survey will give each council property a health check and help inform our plans for the borough over the next 20 years,” said deputy council leader Dominic Twomey.

“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 surveys last until late spring.

Residents are reminded to ask staff or contractors for identification before granting access to their home.


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