Cotswolds District Council has announced the commencement of its Housing Condition Survey, aimed at gaining a comprehensive understanding of housing conditions in the district. As part of this initiative, the council is requesting assistance from residents to ensure the success of the survey and enable informed decision-making regarding future housing improvements.
A total of 1,500 properties across the district will be randomly selected to participate in the survey. These properties will receive a letter informing them of the survey and requesting their cooperation in accommodating a visit from surveyors representing David Adamson & Partners Limited, acting on behalf of the council. The surveyors will be visiting a variety of properties, including those privately owned, privately rented, and rented from housing associations.
Expressing his gratitude to residents for their cooperation, Councillor Joe Harris, Leader of Cotswold District Council, highlighted the importance of the survey in the council’s efforts to enhance housing conditions in the area. “We recognize the need to improve housing across the Cotswold District, and this survey plays a critical role in enabling us to make informed decisions about future housing developments. Participants in the survey will be instrumental in helping us provide suitable housing for future residents,” stated Councillor Harris.
The Housing Condition Survey is a legal obligation for councils and is typically conducted every ten years. While participation is voluntary, Councillor Harris urged those selected to take part, emphasizing the significance of optimizing available resources. The council aims to ensure the best use of the survey to improve housing conditions throughout the district.
Selected households will receive a letter within the next two weeks, detailing the survey’s purpose and procedure. Surveyors will be available for visits between 9 am and 8 pm from Monday to Friday, as well as between 10 am and 6 pm on Saturdays. Residents have the option to contact the surveyors to arrange a visit at a time convenient for them.
Completing the survey generally takes around twenty minutes, although smaller properties may require less time. The surveyors will adhere to safety protocols, and prior to entering residents’ homes, they will discuss precautions such as the use of face masks, disposable gloves, and social distancing, according to residents’ preferences.
To ensure the authenticity of the survey and its associated communication, residents with concerns can contact the council’s customer services for verification. The council has provided a dedicated hotline at Freephone 0800 056 1051 for residents to leave messages or request a call back. Alternatively, residents can email the survey office directly at email@example.com for further information or to schedule an appointment.
By actively participating in the Housing Condition Survey, residents in the Cotswolds can contribute to the improvement of housing conditions and help shape the future of the district’s housing landscape.