COUNCIL houses are being rapidly updated across Kirklees.
The council's housing management company is cracking on with a programme to install central heating, double glazing and new kitchens and bathrooms.
The Decent Homes Programme was launched last April, with the help of a £145m Government grant to bring council houses up to standard.
Kirklees aims to bring all its 26,500 houses up to the mark by December, 2006. A report to the Overview and Scrutiny Panel for Housing showed that 1,727 homes have been completed already.
About 130 are completed each week.
Seven double glazing firms have been employed and have installed new window frames in 3,500 houses.
More than 700 houses have had faulty water pipes replaced.
David Rodgers, programme strategy manager, said: "The majority of tenants are more than happy."
A survey showed that before the programme 69% of the houses fell below standards.
Mr Rodgers said Kirklees had previously chosen to provide heaters in all its houses, rather than central heating in just a few.
"A key plank of the strategy was to make sure that all council houses had central heating."
Double glazing was not a Government target, but Kirklees Council wanted to go over and above the official requirements, added Mr Rodgers.
Houses that have kitchens more than 20 years old will also get replacements, as will houses with ageing bathrooms.
The council's housing stock is owned by Kirklees, but run by management company, Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing.
The council was awarded the £145m grant as an incentive to set up the "arms-length" management company in 2002.