Unity welcomes new tenants to the fold after Leeds property acquisition

A Leeds housing association has expanded its portfolio of properties with the addition of 22 newly refurbished properties in a £1.25 million investment.

Last year, Unity Homes & Enterprise completed a deal with the Riverside Group to buy 12 two-bed semi-detached houses in Harehills and 10 one-bed flats in Pudsey.

Since then, a major works programme has seen the properties refurbished with new kitchens and bathrooms, upgrades to the central heating systems, and the replacement of windows and external doors.

Other improvements included insulation in roof space areas, new smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, energy efficient lightbulbs in all rooms and brick work repointing.

“We were delighted to have the opportunity to purchase these homes, following a process of due diligence,” said Ali Akbor, Unity’s chief executive. “Riverside, which has its headquarters in Liverpool, undertook a national review of its stock and this acquisition made good sense for Unity.

“Following the works programme, all 22 homes are now in pristine condition and represent excellent additions to our expanding portfolio in Leeds and beyond.

“Unity has long-established Harehills as one of our priority areas and have been active there for many years. Although we own and manage significant stock in West Leeds, Pudsey is a new and exciting part of the city to be involved with.”

Akbor visited two tenants at Chapel Fold in Pudsey to find out how they were settling into their modernised homes, which were originally constructed in the 1970s. The existing tenants are said to be delighted with the works carried out by their new landlord.

Mrs Mortimer, who has lived in her flat for more than seven years, said the improvements have “made a big difference”. She added: “I only had a small kitchen but it’s lovely now.  It serves its purpose, everything fits in.”

Mrs Emerson, meanwhile, has resided in her Pudsey home for almost three years. She was also pleased with the refurbishment work.


Main image: Mrs Mortimer, a Chapel Fold tenant, in her brand-new kitchen with Unity chief executive Ali Akbor

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