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York © M Taylor
York © M Taylor

09 September 2019 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal 

City of York Council has signed up seven contractors to provide continuing repair and maintenance works in 7,520 tenants’ homes. 


The contractors will also carry out work to prevent damp in the homes, the council’s Tenants’ Choice programme and external painting. 


Engie and G Sanders Builder Ltd are two of the contractors appointed to support the £2.5 million investment under way to repair and prevent damage being done to homes by standing water.


The companies will work on homes affected by poorly drained clay soil, present in some areas of York, which can create damp conditions. Their target is to complete work on 60 homes a year as part of a rolling programme. Tenants whose homes are in line for this work will receive letters at least two months before it is due to start to organise surveys with the contractor.  


Depending on what the survey finds, the work is agreed with the tenant to resolve the symptoms and underlying causes of the damage. Where appropriate, Tenants’ Choice refurbishments may also be carried out at the same time. These contracts are to modernise tenants’ kitchens and/or bathrooms, as well as electrical rewiring of properties. Over the next four years BM Services York and Engie will deliver these works across about 1,000 homes.  


Three firms will carry out external painting of tenants’ homes: Bagnalls Group, Novus Solutions and Bell Group.


For the four-year duration of the contracts, they will paint external wooden areas including fascia boards, garden gates and external doors.


Councillor Denise Craghill, executive member for housing and safer neighbourhoods at City of York Council, said: “Our tenants rightly expect good-quality homes which are well-maintained by us, their landlord. We also expect good-quality work from our contractors to ensure that these homes are well maintained and repaired. Just as we have been rigorous in procuring them, as a responsible landlord, we will hold them to account for the work they do.”