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Council homes being left empty too long
7:30am Friday 20th July 2012 in News
THURROCK Council’s cabinet heard council properties have been left empty too long before being re-let in the past.
The Labour cabinet was told the issue has been brought “in focus” because April’s target for re-letting homes within 120 days had not been met, taking 138 days because of a backlog.
The target is supposed to be reducing in stages to a target of 60 days by the end of the year.
A report to the cabinet said: “The average time to turnaround a void property is currently very high, which is due to the previous poor system of dealing with voids. There are long standing voids within this category which will all be complete by the end of June.
“A new voids process, based on a central team and a jointly agreed refurbishment standard, is now operating and has resulted in every property being turned around within the target time.
“As the backlog remains part of the void figures for the whole year, it is unlikely any real improvement will be seen until quarter two.
“There should be a dramatic reduction in turnaround time.”