Counting the cost of home repairs
THE city council's housing stock survey reveals:
Homes in Weston Coyney have the worst energy efficiency with bills costing about £655 a year – £162 higher than the city's council house average.
Burslem Park has the biggest share of homes covered by a £1.8 million budget for 'catch-up' repairs, with an average of £402 needed at each property;
Properties in Sneyd Green will need the most planned maintenance over 30 years but homes in Great Chell and Packmoor need the most spending in the next five years – an average of £5,316 for each house;
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Surveyors found 356 health and safety hazards like structural problems; damp and mould; electrical wiring issues and danger of tenants falling over due to property design. Most affected properties are in Hanford and Trentham, Blurton West and Newstead and Weston Coyney;
More than £130 million will be needed over the next 30 years to replace kitchens; £65 million will be spent on boilers and £51 million on windows;
More than £18.6 million will be spent on painting and decorating;
The half-a-billion planned maintenance costs show recent investment in boilers and kitchens will keep costs below £11 million in the next three years but they will balloon to more than £90 million from the sixth year of the business plan and £120 million by year 16;
Flats and bungalows need between 19 and 30 per cent less work than houses. Homes with the greatest maintenance costs – an average of £32,237 – are larger terraces and detached houses built between 1945 and 1965;
Almost £130 million will be spent repairing empty properties left unsuitable for new tenants.