In line with one of our election manifesto pledges, Liberal Democrat run Cheltenham Borough Council is delighted to announce that we have delivered the first Private Rented Sector homes ever built by the authority.
The properties, at 24 St George's Place, have been refurbished to provide 13 high quality apartments in this highly sustainable town centre location.
These properties have now been handed over to Cheltenham Borough Homes (CBH), who manage the council’s social housing stock. CBH will start marketing them to make them available for their new tenants.
These homes form part of the council’s £180m investment into new and improved housing. The borough council have made the supply and delivery of good quality housing a key priority in building resilient communities and making Cheltenham an even better place to live.
All apartments include an open plan kitchen, diner, lounge area. The kitchens all come with brand-new integrated appliances and fully fitted bathrooms. They also benefit from efficient electric under floor heating, a video door entry system and there is a communal courtyard.
CBH have set up a simple online application process to make renting a home as easy as possible. Tenants will also benefit from CBH’s established teams providing high standards of customer service, ongoing maintenance and repairs that will include, gas safety and servicing, general repairs as well as access to certified electricians, and plumbers.
Not everyone who rents wants or needs to rent from a social landlord such as a council or housing association, but they all deserve to rent good quality, safe and well managed homes. Private Rented housing offers rents at market levels but sadly, a small number of private landlords don’t offer decent homes, a quality service or comply with their legal responsibilities, so in short, it can be a bit risky sometimes in having a private landlord, and it’s the bad ones we hear about.
St Georges Place offers the best of both worlds, market rents, with flexibility for tenants to remain for as long as they wish, the homes are of a quality standard and managed by a well-respected and high performing social housing landlord.
- Cllr Mike Collins, cabinet member for housing