A pair of flats which have stood empty for a combined total of 27 years have been transformed into desirable homes.
After years of complaints, vandalism and problems with squatters, the two properties in Seymour Street, North Shields, have been refurbished and returned to use through North Tyneside Council’s Empty Homes Programme.
Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing, said: “This scheme is another example of how we are looking for new ways to deliver affordable homes for the borough.
“Without our intervention, it is likely that these properties would have remained derelict and unliveable.
“Instead, we have transformed the flats and removed the potential for problems that empty properties can bring. The improvements have also changed the look of the street.”
Both flats have benefitted from a whole raft of improvements including new double-glazed windows and doors to the front and rear, new flooring, new and modern kitchen and bathroom suites plus plastering and painting throughout.
The flats have also been fitted with brand new central heating systems including energy efficient boilers, and new electrics.
The work has been carried out by Kier North Tyneside, and the properties will be managed by North Tyneside Homes.
Similar work on eight more properties in the Wallsend area will start in early 2015, as part of the scheme.