NEW procedures for billing council tenants for repairs to their homes have been given the green light.
Kirklees charges for damage resulting from the careless actions and neglect of tenants.
The new streamlined billing methods were approved at the main board meeting of Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing this week.
Total repair debts owed to KNH stand at £1.8m, of which £1.68m is from former tenants.
The new system will, it is hoped, act as an incentive for people to pay for repairs as well as making it easier for KNH to recover outstanding debt.
If bills are paid up front, tenants will see a 35% reduction in their bills. Those paying on time in instalments will see a 20% reduction.
Repairs under £25, formerly written off, will now be collected while an external debt recovery agency will be recruited to call in unpaid debts.
A price list has also been drawn up for fixing charges on an array of repairs and labour costs.
This means a bill can be presented to the tenant before any work begins.
Vulnerable tenants will be exempt from the charges.
Board members stressed there should be a clear definition of what constitutes a vulnerable tenant.