Housing- key facts

By on 16/04/2010 in Factsheets

Birmingham City Council is the largest local authority social housing landlord in the country, with 65,947 council owned homes.

Properties

Over 60% are two bed or less.

Only 2% are four bed or more.

Stock includes 6,000 leaseholder properties.

Warm, waterproof homes with modern facilities

The council has invested over £670 million of its own money to meet the government's target of 95% decent council homes by 2010.

In 2004, only 24% of council homes met the decent homes standard.

Helping tenants manage their money 

Council tenants' rent arrears are at a 10-year low, at under £8.6 million (March 2010).

In 2005 they were £13.9 million. They have been reduced through service emphasis on debt prevention and the introduction of rent payment holidays.

The annual rent roll is over £200 million.

Gas safety in homes

100% gas servicing achieved in 2008/09, 2007/08 and 2006/07. Service and safety-checks have been carried out on all gas appliances to meet stringent safety standards.

Keeping neighbourhood safe

Working in partnership with Safer Birmingham, the West Midlands police and other key partners, over 200 legal actions were taken against perpetrators of anti social behaviour in 2008/09.

Tenants' profile

Information held on 65% of tenants:

62% are white British, 38% are from black or minority ethnic groups.

45% are over 45, 23% are over 65, 12% over 75.

10,000 have a long standing disability, illness or infirmity.

Over 90% of tenants are satisfied with decent homes work, gas servicing, work carried out on aids and adaptations and responsive repairs.

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