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Prize winning tenants ‘green up’ their communities

Green-fingered council tenants and leaseholders spoke about the joy their gardening gives to their communities, at the annual Birmingham in Bloom awards ceremony at the Council House last night (Wednesday 18 November). Around 50 district winners and their guests attended the ceremony in the Banqueting Suite.  City-wide winners in each category received a trophy, cash […]

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New BMHT homes handed over to tenants

A housing development in Ladywood built through the city council’s house building arm has been handed over to tenants. Built through the Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust (BMHT) by Galliford Try Partnerships, the £2.67m development of 45 properties will include 23 properties for affordable rent. New tenant Mohamed Albabili said: “I used to live in a […]

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£39m retirement village opens in Bournville, Birmingham

More than 300 older people will soon be moving into a £39 million retirement village, thanks to a forward looking partnership between Birmingham City Council, the ExtraCare Charitable Trust, Bournville Village Trust and The Homes and Communities Agency. Bournville Gardens Village is the fourth village to be completed as part of a five-village strategy between Birmingham […]

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Landlord and agent in Birmingham fined

By on 19/10/2015 in Cllr Cotton, News with 0 Comments

A landlord and an agent for a property in Selly Oak, Birmingham, were fined at Birmingham Magistrates Court today (19 October 2015) for, respectively, failing to apply for a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licence and for nine breaches of the regulations, including many that related to fire safety. Ayoub Yakoob, age 38, of Ashridge […]

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Awards for council housing good practice in Birmingham

By on 16/10/2015 in Cllr Cotton, News with 0 Comments

Birmingham council house tenants recognised Birmingham City Council staff and contractors who have given excellent service at a special awards ceremony last night (Thursday 15 October). The Performance Monitoring Group (PMG), which is made up of tenants from the City Housing Liaison Board, held the awards ceremony at the Council House to recognise and celebrate […]

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New scheme to help the homeless

By on 07/10/2015 in Cllr Cotton, News with 0 Comments

Hear Mark’s story This week sees the launch of a new scheme which aims to coordinate groups that help the homeless in order to provide more effective and targeted support. The Homeless Outreach Accreditation Scheme will be launched on Thursday 8 October and will bring together about 25 voluntary organisations in Birmingham with a shared […]

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All aboard for tenant and landlord advice in Birmingham

By on 25/09/2015 in Cllr Cotton, News with 0 Comments

Staff from Birmingham City Council’s private rented services team are taking an information bus out to Erdington, Soho and Cape Hill next week to help tenants and landlords find out about the support that’s available to them. Birmingham City Council cabinet member for Neighbourhood Management and Homes, Cllr John Cotton, said: “Britain’s private rented sector […]

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Council tenants urged to help by switching on heating

By on 18/09/2015 in Cllr Cotton, News with 0 Comments

Council tenants are again urged to switch on their central heating before winter arrives so that any problems can be dealt with swiftly. Birmingham City Council cabinet member for Neighbourhood Management and Homes, Cllr John Cotton, said: “Although Birmingham’s council tenants have a free annual gas service, problems often only come to light when the […]

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Reminder for Lettings Agents – be compliant or face a fine

By on 16/09/2015 in Cllr Cotton, News with 0 Comments

Lettings Agents and Property Managers are reminded that they need to register with a Redress Scheme …. or they risk a £5k fine. A year ago, on 1 October 2014, the government brought in new rules which mean that all Lettings Agents and Property Managers involved in letting agency work and/or property management work in […]

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£35 million Longbridge Retirement Village reaches milestone

By on 10/09/2015 in Cllr Cotton, News with 0 Comments

The fifth affordable retirement village to be built by The ExtraCare Charitable Trust as part of a £200 million partnership with Birmingham City Council reached a key stage this week. Local older people hoping to move to the state-of-the-art, £35 million Longbridge Retirement Village gathered to lay the foundation stone yesterday (10th September). The 260-home […]

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