Maidstone Borough Council have a requirement to house people in urgent need of accommodation, often in a short-term emergency arrangement and before they can be matched with a permanent housing solution.
This entails managing temporary housing arrangements which include bed and breakfast or hotel accommodation. To meet this demand and to provide a cost-efficient solution, MBC sought to purchase some additional properties.
FFT were appointed to deliver a fully inclusive purchase and repair programme for 13 properties. The project began by working with our client to establish a precise specification of the property archetypes, location and supporting factors that were all part of the requirements.
Given the resident group, the properties needed to be close to transport links and amenities. They would have manageable heating systems and have relatively low-maintenance gardens.
Once the specification was agreed, FFT met and engaged with almost all of the local estate agents, setting out the requirements and expectations of the project. The agents were asked to source properties and forward details to FFT direct, ensuring that only appropriate properties were passed over for consideration.
FFT then assessed the details online before arranging viewings of any suitable properties. Over 150 properties were considered and over 50 were visited. Once an appropriate property was found, FFT made offers direct to the agents on behalf of our client. Each offer was followed up with a written report to MBC setting out the findings and estimated costs of any remedial repairs.
The second phase of the project was specification and management of any remedial repairs. This required the procurement of a contractor to complete the works, agreeing a schedule of repairs for each property and management of the improvement works, through to handover.
The project was returned within budget and on programme.