Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Northern Ireland Housing Executive homes best in UK, says report

Housing Executive homes in Northern Ireland are by far the best in the UK, an expert report said today.

Housing Executive homes in Northern Ireland are by far the best in the UK, an expert report said today.

Newer buildings, traditional construction style and investment in environmental improvements were credited by Savills property consultants.

Major investment has gone in and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) has generally kept on top of repairs and maintenance, the dossier added.

"The NIHE stock is by far the best quality stock that we have surveyed," it said.

It added: "Setting aside financial considerations, the good quality of the stock and work that has been undertaken is indisputable."

Savills have undertaken the vast majority of stock condition surveys of local authorities and housing association properties throughout the UK in the last 10 years.

The authors said approximately 17% of the stock currently fails the standard.

"There is a variety of reasons for the failures but the most significant is a lack of an efficient heating system to many of the properties. NIHE is well aware of this and has, during the last five years, installed a large number of heating systems.

"That programme needs to continue in order to bring all properties up to the decent Homes Plus standard."

They identified a total cost to maintain all 90,364 properties over the next 30 years of £5.1 billion at a cost per unit of around £56,491.

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