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Published: Thursday 14 May 2015

Durham City Homes have announced the completion of the first of their properties to have work carried out to the new, higher specification, Durham Standard.

The Durham Standard, which was developed in partnership with tenants, means that as of April 2015, homes that require modernisation works will be upgraded to a new specification, with additions including flooring and decorating to the bathroom and kitchen and both gas and electrical cooker points in the kitchen. This exceeds the criteria of the Government’s Decent Homes Standard introduced in 2000 and means tenants will receive the highest standard of planned improvements work than ever delivered by Durham City Homes before.

The standard will also ensure consistent refurbishments across the other County Durham Housing Group landlords, Dale and Valley Homes and East Durham Homes, bringing best practise from all three organisations to provide the highest quality services and products possible to tenants.

Lynn Jordison, Chair of Durham City Homes Board, said “This is great news for the tenants of Durham City Homes. We want to provide houses that people are proud to live in and that’s exactly what these improvements will achieve.

“But the Durham standard is just one of the positive changes that Durham City Homes is making as a result of stock transfer. We are committed to fulfilling our promises to tenants and this shows the great things that are to come.”

The Durham Standard specification will be applied to all homes planned in the capital works programme as of April 2015.

For more information on the Durham Standard please contact Tony Jones, Technical Manager at Durham City Homes on 0800 068 0013/ 0191 301 8470.

East Durham Homes and Durham City Homes have garages to rent

Published: Tuesday 18 November 2014

Are you looking for a garage to rent? Are you fed up leaving your car parked on the road, vulnerable to the elements? East Durham Homes and Durham City Homes may have the solution you're looking for. They are currently renting out a number of garages throughout their area. The garages are rented out from £7.69 for Council tenants and £9.23 for non-Council tenants per week, giving you peace of mind that your car is safe and secure.

To contact your local partner, to see whether they have available garages in your area, please click here.

Money Support Website Launched

Published: Monday 10 November 2014
Money Support Website Launched

The Monkey project is a partnership of housing and voluntary sector organisations across County Durham working to improve financial confidence amongst tenants. The project has recently been opened up to all social housing tenants and to people who are applying for housing through the Durham Key Options scheme**.

Fiona Christian, manager of Monkey said: “We’re delighted that Monkey is now able to offer a greater number of tenants more and more services and special offers. By signing up to Monkey, people get access to services and offers which can help household budgets stretch further.”

The Monkey partners can help people to open bank and credit union accounts, find low cost new or pre-owned furniture, get money skills training or fuel advice and give one to one support for people who need help with money worries.

The launch of the website marks the beginning of an exciting time for Monkey. They’ve negotiated exclusive discounts for Monkey beneficiaries with carpet and blinds shops and decorating suppliers in locations throughout the county and will be announcing more schemes and offers over the next few months.

The Monkey project works in partnership with Centrepoint, Cestria Community Housing, Dale and Valley Homes, Derwentside Homes, Developing Initiatives for Support in the Community Limited (DISC), Durham County Council, East Durham Homes, Home Group, livin, Moving On Durham, NEFirst Credit Union, Prince Bishops Community Bank, Teesdale Housing Association, The Riverside Group, ROCSOLID, Single Homeless Action Initiative in Durham Limited (SHAID).

For more information and to register online with the Monkey project visit

** Note: Accent Foundation are not a current partner of Monkey

Durham Key Options has joined Twitter

Published: Thursday 6 November 2014
Durham Key Options has joined Twitter

Not content with our new website, we have also decided to join Twitter. Follow Durham Key Options @LettingsDurham

We will offer you quick links every week straight from Twitter to our website. So you can now read the news, chat to friends, catch up with the latest gossip and sport, and find a new home all in one place.

We will bring you all the latest news from the DKO partners and provide links for support with your existing and future tenancies.