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ADULTS with learning difficulties have been given a new home following the refurbishment of a run-down property in Southsea.

Two extra residents will join current tenants at a six-bedroom Victorian home after Portsmouth City Council’s housing service gave it a £100,000 makeover.

Energy-saving heaters and showers were installed and the communal kitchen was given a facelift.

The once damp cellar has been turned into an en-suite bedroom with an office which will be used by the tenants’ support worker.

The basement now holds a games room with a pool table, stereo and board games.

The improvement works, which were carried out last year, took three months to complete.

The existing occupants would have needed a new home if the work had not been carried out.

Councillor Steven Wylie, executive member for housing, said: ‘This house is just perfect for our residents.

‘The rooms are light and airy and it’s really well located, close to both of Southsea’s main shopping areas and other local services.

‘I’m pleased we’ve done such a fantastic job of bringing this property up to a decent standard for these residents.

The housing service is spending an extra £400,000 to refurbish eight other run-down properties in the city.

The work means more adults with disabilities can be rehoused.