Tag: Housing

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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Tenants talk about Let to Birmingham

By on 12/11/2015 in News with 0 Comments

In September 2014, Birmingham City Council, in partnership with Omega Lettings Limited, set up Let to Birmingham, the West Midlands’ first social lettings agency. The idea behind it is to increase the housing options for people in Birmingham by working with responsible landlords to provide stable, affordable tenancies in quality properties. One year on we […]

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How council tenants can help us to get it right

By on 12/11/2015 in Blog with 0 Comments

Jacqui Kennedy, Acting Strategic Director of Place, talks about council tenant involvement and tackles some myths about repairs and maintenance. Birmingham’s council tenants help us to improve services in all sorts of ways.  Some people are involved in the Housing Liaison Board Movement, monitoring and regulating the service we provide.  Others are involved in Tenant […]

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The Tenant Inspectors are coming

By on 12/11/2015 in News with 0 Comments

Birmingham’s council tenants are actively involved in all sorts of discussions about improving council housing and now a team is helping to assess empty council properties. The team of volunteers help to inspect the council’s empty properties, checking the condition they are left in when tenants move out, and feeding back to other tenants about […]

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Birmingham landlord fined for putting tenants’ lives at risk

By on 06/07/2015 in Cllr Cotton, News with 0 Comments

A well-known local landlord pleaded guilty at Birmingham Magistrates Court today (6 July 2015) to failing to apply for a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licence and of breaching regulations. Amrik Singh Gill, age 56, of Vernon Avenue in Handsworth Wood was fined and has to pay a total of £19,418.57 for failing to obtain […]

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Housing isn’t just about bricks and mortar

By on 02/07/2015 in Blog, Cllr Cotton with 0 Comments

Birmingham City Council’s new Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Management and Homes, Cllr John Cotton, looks at the challenges and opportunities ahead. I’ve had the privilege of sitting in the council’s Cabinet for the last three years – wearing a number of different hats – and I’ve taken a close interest in housing and neighbourhood policy […]

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Birmingham unveils Housing Prospectus

By on 12/03/2015 in Leader, News with 2 Comments

Birmingham today (12th March) unveils its biggest ever housing plan, which is set to help deliver the homes to meet its housing needs across the city.

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Council short-listed for house-building initiative

By on 15/01/2015 in Cllr Ali, Cllr Cotton, News with 0 Comments

Birmingham City Council has been shortlisted for the prestigious Local Government Chronicle Awards 2015. Its entry under the new category of ‘Housing Initiative’ recognises the innovation behind the city council’s house building programme, the Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust (BMHT). ‘Housing an Ageing Population’ showcases a pilot scheme from 2014 to demonstrate how it has responded […]

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Council tenant risks losing her home

By on 29/08/2014 in Cllr McKay, News with 0 Comments

Birmingham County Court today (August 29) has granted a two year Suspended Possession Order against Lorraine Spence (53) in respect of her council owned property. Spence had been warned and reminded of her tenancy conditions by city council housing officers on several occasions, but had continued to allow her son Kirk Weston (23) to use […]

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New website offers housing advice

By on 02/07/2014 in Cllr Cotton, News with 0 Comments

A new website providing housing advice to people in Birmingham has been launched by the city council's Housing Options service. Birmingham Housing Options (www.birminghamhousingoptions.org.uk/) is a one-stop shop offering advice and information to social housing tenants, private tenants and homeowners. The website focuses on four key areas: Staying At Home - looking at everything from […]

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