Families living in overcrowded lodging in Waltham Forest to gain from council’s loft conversion plan
We typically consider loft conversions in the private sector however the general public sector can likewise benefit.
WALTHAM Forest Council is converting lofts in council residential or commercial properties free of charge to prevent families from being forced to leave due to overcrowding.
Roughly 30 homes inhabited by families on transfer lists due to overcrowding have been recognized as appropriate for the programme.
The council is likewise strengthening insulation to reduce heating bills.
Councillor Khevyn Limbajee, cabinet member for housing said: “We understand that living in an overcrowded house can be hard for families, specifically as kids age. Awaiting an appropriate larger residential or commercial property to become readily available can take a while, and it might imply households have to relocate to a various part of the borough, further away from schools and friends.
“With this in mind we have started a program of loft conversions to offer families the additional space they require without them needing to leave their homes– they do not even need to move while work is taking place. It’s one of the ways we are supporting regional households while enhancing our housing stock,” he included.
Families will face a rise of 20 percent in rent expenses for the residential or commercial property upgrades, when the conversions are complete.
Building and construction started in autumn 2016 and will end up within the next 2 years. The first improvements are due to complete in early 2017.