Durham City Homes today announced the completion of the first of their properties to have work carried out to the new, higher specification, Durham Standard.
The Durham Standard, which was developed in partnership with tenants, means that as of April 2015 homes that require modernisation works will be upgraded to a new specification, with additions including flooring, decoration to bathrooms and kitchens, and both gas and electrical cooker points installed.
This exceeds the government’s Decent Homes Standard introduced in 2000, and means tenants will receive a higher level of planned improvements work than ever before under their new landlord.
The standard will also ensure consistent refurbishments across the other believe housing landlords – Dale & Valley Homes and East Durham Homes – bringing best practice from all three organisations to provide the highest quality services and products possible to tenants.
Lynn Jordison, Chair of Durham City Homes Board, said: “This is great news for Durham City Homes tenants. We want to provide houses that people are proud to live in and that’s exactly what these improvements will achieve.
“But the Durham standard is just one of the positive changes that Durham City Homes is making as a result of stock transfer. We are committed to fulfilling our promises to tenants and this shows the great things that are to come.”
The Durham Standard specification will be applied to all homes planned in the capital works programme as of April 2015.