House warming plans for borough

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Private landlords and residents are being urged to work with Stafford Borough Council to improve housing across the borough.

Plans are to be put forward for nearly £200,000 to be set aside to help people improve their homes – for example by keeping them warm or removing hazards.

Figures from across Stafford Borough show the number of properties needing improvements has reduced over recent years and the Council is keen to ensure that trend continues with a range of initiatives aimed at residents and private sector landlords.

The money will be targeted at those living in fuel poverty – where the money a person has left after paying to heat and power their home leaves them below the poverty line.

Financial assistance can be made available to help with issues such as replacing boilers and insulating houses. The Council will be on hand to give advice to help householders help themselves with improving the quality of their property.

The most common hazard in homes is cold, closely followed by the risk of falls that lead to injury.

And assistance may also be given to encourage private sector landlords to improve their property – but only if they set reasonable rents and agree to let to people put forward by the council.

Councillor Jeremy Pert, Cabinet Member for Communities, said:

“We want to continue the good work we are doing in our communities to help make sure people have a decent standard of living.

“Working with landlords and private homeowners we can improve housing across our borough. But whether you own a property or rent a property, if you think we can help then I would encourage you to contact us.”

Senior councillors will discuss a report recommending putting aside £184,000 for improvements, and the private landlord scheme, at a meeting in July. The full agenda will be available from www.staffordbc.gov.uk/your-council soon.

If you need advice on keeping your home warm go to www.warmerhomesstafford.org.uk/ or contact Warmer Homes Stafford on 0800 677 1785. For any other housing related enquiries you should contact the Council on 01785 619000.