A HUNDRED county houses have had an overhaul under Herefordshire Council's private sector home improvement schemes.

Landlords and tenants celebrated the renovation of privately-owned properties comprising of bedsits, shared houses and buildings converted into flats.

Improvements include repairs to kitchen and washing facilities and the installation of fire safety measures especially fire alarms.

The project, entitled House in Multiple Occupation Registration Scheme, has been operating since 1999 and requires landlords to be registered and meet agreed safety maintenance standards.

Councillor Olwyn Barnett, cabinet member for social care and strategic housing, said: "The registration schemes are continuing to succeed in ensuring that multi-occupied properties, which pose some of the greatest risks to tenants, are brought up to standard."