Tag: Housing

£59 million investment for Birmingham council housing

By on 10/02/2016 in Cabinet, Cllr Cotton, News with 0 Comments

Birmingham City Council is set to approve a £59 million programme of investment into its stock of council properties at Cabinet on Tuesday 16 February. Birmingham City Council’s cabinet member for Neighbourhood Management & Homes, Cllr John Cotton, said: “We currently own and manage 63,138 residential properties and have made substantial improvements to thousands of […]

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Fresh approach to repairs for Birmingham council tenants

By on 02/02/2016 in Cabinet, Cllr Cotton, News with 0 Comments

Birmingham’s council tenants will soon benefit from an improved repairs and maintenance service following an intensive evaluation process that also sees substantial savings estimated at around £13 million over the next four years. Currently, most tenants have two contractors to deal with – one for repairs and one for any issues with gas.  The new […]

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Northfield flats demolition plan set for approval

By on 19/01/2016 in Cllr Ali, News with 0 Comments

Cabinet are being asked to approve plans to demolish a block of flats in Northfield as part of Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust’s (BMHT) ongoing programme of ensuring its properties are sustainable and meet the needs of residents. A report to be considered by cabinet on January 26 asks councillors to give the go-ahead to proposals […]

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Landlord fined for ‘taking the law into his own hands’

By on 13/01/2016 in Cllr Cotton, News with 0 Comments

A landlord was fined at Birmingham Magistrates Court today (13 January 2016) for ‘taking the law into his own hands’ and illegally evicting a couple and their seven children from their home in Bordesley Green. Mr Mirsad Solakovic, age 37, of Kyotts Lake Road, Sparkbrook, Birmingham was fined £700 , with £1,500 costs and a victim surcharge […]

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Have your say on the homeless and housing advice service

By on 06/01/2016 in Cllr Cotton, News with 0 Comments

Anyone with an interest in homelessness and housing advice is invited to attend one of four public consultation meetings this month. Following the success of the Youth Hub – a specialist homeless service for single young people under 25 years old – the council is proposing to reduce the number of Housing Advice Centres and […]

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Work begins on new housing development in Erdington

By on 21/12/2015 in Cllr Cotton, News with 0 Comments

A sod-cutting ceremony has taken place to mark the start of work on the new Erdington Gardens housing development in Jarvis Road, Erdington. The Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust (BMHT) scheme will consist of 116 homes – 58 affordable rent and 58 for sale – and will be a mix of two, three and four-bedroom houses […]

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Landlord to pay £5k for evicting Kings Heath mum and son

By on 14/12/2015 in Cllr Cotton, News with 0 Comments

A landlord was fined at Birmingham Magistrates Court today (14 December 2015) for illegally evicting a mother and her 11 year old son from their home in Kings Heath last summer and has to pay more than £5k. Sead Alimajstorovic , age 38, of East Holme, Bordesley Green, Birmingham, was fined £1,035, with £4,044.75 costs […]

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Birmingham says no, don’t increase our council house rents

By on 08/12/2015 in Cllr Cotton, News with 0 Comments

Birmingham has responded to government plans to increase rents for council tenants. The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is proposing that council tenants should pay a market value rent if their joint income is above £30k. For a working couple this could mean a dramatic rise in rent, despite earning little more than […]

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Why ‘Pay to Stay’ is a new tax on work

By on 08/12/2015 in Blog, Cllr Cotton with 0 Comments

The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is proposing that council tenants should pay a market value rent if their joint income is above £30k.  The following blog is an extract from Cllr Cotton’s speech at Council on Tuesday 1 December in which he spoke against the ‘Pay to Stay’ proposals and gained council […]

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