In September, Opendoor Homes announced the practical completion of its development site at Elmshurst Crescent in Finchley.

Tenants have now moved into most of the 13 homes at what is now called Gordon Court.

One of the families who have recently settled in received a visit from Barnet Council’s Housing Committee Chair, Councillor Gabriel Rozenberg. He was also joined by East Finchley Ward Councillors Arjun Mittra, Claire Farrier and Alison Moore.  The Barnet Group’s Chief Executive Tim Mulvenna, Deputy Chief Executive Derek Rust and Board Member Jeff Baker represented OpenDoor Homes.

Mr Zidi and his wife Mrs Messaouda spoke of their relief of moving to more settled accommodation after a period of living in temporary housing with their two young children.

The couple said: “The best thing about having a more secure home is we are now able to buy items like furniture for our new home. It’s a good feeling. We are so happy that once the children start school, we know that they won’t have to move again. Barnet Homes were very good, they explained the whole process very well for us.”

Barnet Group Deputy Chief Executive Derek Rust said:

“It’s a proud milestone for Opendoor Homes to have created these new, quality properties that have now become much needed family homes in Barnet.”

Councillor Gabriel Rozenberg, Chair of Barnet Council’s Housing Committee, said:

“Barnet is back in the council housing business. This is just the start of a programme of hundreds of homes across the borough being built and delivered in-house by Opendoor Homes.

“Through our partnerships, we can build affordable homes and make sure that they are designed for local people’s housing needs. Gordon Court is a great example. The block includes a wheelchair adapted flat, which is significant as specially adapted properties are in high demand.”

East Finchley Ward Councillor Cllr Mittra added: “We have long campaigned for the delivery of more council housing in Barnet, and are pleased to see more families will get permanent homes. East Finchley is a welcoming place and I am sure all those joining our community will love it here.”