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Hastings County Creating in Belleville. (File picture: David Foot/Quinte Information)

Hastings County has observed a “significant” price hike for renovations to social services housing in the previous yr.

A total of 159 models had been renovated in 2020 owing to tenants going out.

Director of Amenities and Funds Infrastructure Jim Duffin documented to Hastings County Council not long ago that there had been several aspects contributing to these supplemental prices, and they are expected to continue in long term several years.

The most important issue is the age of the housing models.  Most have been constructed in excess of 40 a long time in the past and the inside components these types of as flooring, cabinets and bathroom fixtures are simply worn out.

Duffin tells Quinte News, “Usually our tenants, you know, they transform about just like any rental housing units. We have tenants shift out and tenants go in. So we go in and do the renovations and provide the device back up to satisfactory specifications.”

“It’s experienced a certain volume of wear and tear when somebody’s in there, so, we have to paint the partitions and search at any problems that may perhaps have been performed and also which is the opportune time when it is vacant to do extensive repairs like changing kitchens and bogs.”

Duffin instructed Quinte News, he doesn’t anticipate the price tag of elements acquiring any much less high-priced.

“I say the structures are finding older so every single time we get a new vacant unit, then we have this repair service perform to do.”

The County added an additional $500,000 to the department’s finances to cope with the enhanced prices.