National Empty Homes Week - Bringing empty homes back into use

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Last Updated: 16 Oct 2017 3:34pm

The Borough Council is working to reduce the number of empty homes in the borough by reminding property owners of the assistance that’s available to help bring a property back into use.

The Council encourages property owners to make unused empty homes available for rent to people in housing need across the borough by offering advice on property renovation, energy efficiency, letting and managing a property as well as explaining the minimum housing standards required for letting a property.

The Council’s latest awareness-raising campaign has been timed to coincide with National Empty Homes Week, which runs from 16 – 22 October 2017. The Empty Homes Agency, which is an independent charity that campaigns to highlight the waste of empty property in England, is also working with the Council and other organisations to devise sustainable ways to bring empty properties back into use.

Cllr Sophie Shrubsole, Cabinet Member for Housing, says: “Any empty home is a potentially wasted resource when we have a growing number of homeless cases, an increasing number of households on our housing register and the gap between average earnings and the price of homes gets ever wider. At the same time we are being urged by Government to release further land for new houses. I hope owners of empty properties in our borough take advantage of the help and advice the Council can offer to bring much needed homes back onto the rental or home ownership market.”

More information on how the Council can help bring an empty home back into occupation can be found here, or please email privatesectorhousing@tmbc.gov.uk or call 01732 876395.

You can also find out more information on Kent County Council’s No Use Empty loans or on the Empty Homes Agency and its work