EPIC owns or manages 1,417 properties across North Staffordshire. We have properties in Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-Under-Lyme and Staffordshire Moorlands. We allocate properties charged at either Social or Affordable Rents, and we have extended our offer to include a path into homeownership through our Rent2Buy scheme.
|Our Properties as at January 2020|
|1 Bedroom flat||261 (2 leaseholders)|
|2 Bedroom flat||750 (18 leaseholders)|
|1 Bedroom house||6|
|2 Bedroom house||181|
|3 Bedroom house||180|
|4 Bedroom house||5|
|1 Bedroom bungalow||4|
|2 Bedroom bungalow||29|
|3 Bedroom bungalow||1|
The flats we own in the Bentilee area were originally built in the 1950s and transferred to us from Stoke-on-Trent City Council in 1998. Following this we undertook a major programme of refurbishment including kitchens, bathrooms, boilers, roofs, windows and rewires to bring the properties up to modern standards. We have subsequently acquired over 300 properties. We work closely with the Empty Homes Teams in neighbouring local authorities. Our in-house skills and ability to access grant enables us to renovate niche properties and bring empty homes back in to use. We have acquired 4 properties constructed before 1900 including a 1-bedroom property believed to be constructed around 1750. The property had been empty since 2012 and was in a poor condition and failed to meet current housing standards. The remedial works have included upgrading the staircase, raising the roof to increase the heights inside, new floors, damp proofing, strengthening the structure and improving the energy efficiency of the property, raising the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating from D to C.
We own three commercial properties that are currently used as retail outlets. There are flats above the shops. The commercial properties are offered at nominal rents and are currently used as:
- A Barbers
- A Newsagent/ Post Office
- An Oatcake Shop
Our total property portfolio is valued at around £42m.
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