Survey helps keep Council homes in shape

Council Housing

Lewes District Council is carrying out a survey of the condition of council houses, sheltered housing and blocks of flats. The survey will involve inspecting the condition of major building components on the exterior of all houses and blocks of flats including sheltered accommodation.  Approximately 600 flats and houses will have a survey carried out to the interior to assess the condition of key components such as kitchens and bathrooms.

The Council has appointed a specialist surveying company, Rand Associates to undertake the survey work. Their representatives will be inspecting properties during the next few months.  All Rand Associates surveyors will carry photo identification with them along with a letter of authorisation from the Council stating they have been engaged by the Council to undertake the condition survey. Anyone wishing to verify identity should call 01737 225076 or Lewes District Council 01273 471600. Rand Associates will make an access appointment with residents if their home has been selected for an internal survey.

Councillor Ron Maskell, Lead Member for Housing at Lewes District Council said: “The aim of the survey is to help the council identify, cost and plan future scheduled maintenance and refurbishment work. When homes are selected for survey, the occupier will receive a request for access direct from Rand Associates.  I would like to thank tenants in advance for their co-operation as it is vital for access to be given, so that selected properties can be visited and inspected. The survey will be a visual one and not involve moving furniture or belongings.” 

The Council’s housing stock has had significant investment over recent years with a programme of capital investments to achieve the Decent Homes programme.

Lewes District Council has invested an average of £3.16m each year of the last five years and continuing a programme of significant investment is key to providing a successful housing service and meeting the housing needs of over 3,000 households.

Story published on 01 July 2016