North Yorkshire Council has been awarded £1.4m from the Government for its housing service ahead of drawing up a new, county-wide housing strategy.
The council has said that the cash, which comes from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities’ Pathfinder Programme, will go towards recruiting additional housing officers and boosting training for existing staff.
In due course the council will also develop a new enforcement policy, as part of a new overall housing strategy, for which new staff will be specifically trained. Officers in the previous district councils which had housing stock worked together to secure the funding.
Commenting on this Andrew Jones MP said: “We have seen tragic cases recently of what can happen when homes are unsafe or unfit for living in.
“I am pleased the council has secured this cash following a collaborative approach from officers in the former district councils.
“I hope it will take a robust approach to the minority of landlords happy to take the rent but less happy to ensure the homes they let out are up to standard when it comes to mould, damp and other maintenance issues.”