A housing association working primarily within the Jewish community has begun a major £6 million refurbishment of several properties, starting work in Hemel Hempstead.

jLiving, formerly known as Jewish Community Housing Association, began update work on 32 kitchens, nine bathrooms and communal lounges at Maitland Joseph House, before builders move on to the next stop at Montefiore Court in Margate.

“The refurbishments look fantastic and the tenants all seem very pleased,” said jLiving chairman Bradley Reback. “This investment programme will ensure that we continue to provide high quality accommodation that is both affordable and represents good value to our tenants.”

Doris Finesilver, who lives at Maitland Joseph House, said: “The best thing about my new kitchen is the sink is higher so I don’t get back ache and the tap is taller so I can fill the kettle more easily.”