On taking control, it was universally agreed that the first project would be to redecorate the block's communal parts, which had become tatty and rundown - the landlord having failed to arrange any much-needed upkeep for a number of years.

So for just a couple of hundred pounds a head and with Urban Owners' assistance, the leaseholders selected a contractor, agreed a scope of works and were soon delighted with the results - their communal lobby and stairs having been turned from dank and drab to warm and homely, with particular attention paid to the small details which make all the difference.

A smart new fitted door mat replaced the previous scruffy version:

Communal parts door mat before refurbishment Communal parts door mat after refurbishment
Before After

And generally speaking, a fresh coat of paint and some close attention to detail in applying finishing touches has transformed the residents living environment.

Enterance area before paint Fresh painted enterance area
Stairs area before paint Fresh painted stairs area
Before After

They also choose to install a letter catcher and some individual letter boxes, where previously mail had been strewn over the floor and stairs.

Letter catcher
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