Raising money for Kevin’s family

Staff at Dorset’s biggest private landlord have been raising money for the family of a colleague who passed away – allowing them to go on a dream holiday. Kevin Ware died from leukaemia in 2014 aged 34, leaving wife Katrina and two sons, Harry then aged eight and George, five. His colleagues at DWP Housing Partnership have organised several charity … Read More

Universal Credit is leading to evictions

The Universal Credit (UC) system that replaced six means-tested benefits and tax credits is causing people to be unnecessarily evicted, according to Dorset’s biggest private landlord. DWP Housing Partnership said that while in principle the new welfare scheme has merit, the realities are that its poorest tenants are suffering. Part of the system involves tenants receiving their own housing element … Read More

Surveyors on the road with branded cars

A leading independent firm of chartered surveyors is getting on the road with newly-branded cars. Portsmouth-based Chandler Hawkins now has its logo emblazoned on the firm’s two vehicles Partner Neil Hawkins said: “The name of Chandler Hawkins is well known for surveying and valuing – now the cars will be recognisable too. “We thought it was time to fly the … Read More

HMOs remodelled to meet new demand

Dorset’s biggest private landlord has turned another of its ‘houses of multiple occupancy’ (HMOs) into self-contained flats as it continues to remodel its housing stock to meet local need. DWP Housing Partnership invested £350,000 in the Westbourne property in Norwich Avenue West that now has 11 flats rather than multiple rooms with shared facilities. In the last two years, the … Read More