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Empty Homes Assistance

Financial assistance could be available to private landlords, improving housing conditions and bringing homes into use in the private rental market.

This Fund gives financial assistance to private landlords and owners to bring empty homes back into use and improve housing conditions within the district.

About the fund

The maximum fund available is £5000 per property with its main focus being centred around owners bringing their empty home back into use and to provide a source of good quality rented accommodation for those in need.

Eligible properties

Eligible properties must have been unoccupied and unfurnished for at least 6 months prior to the date of the application. The vacant period is to be evidenced by council tax bills showing the relevant exemption.

Eligible applicants

Eligible applicants must be the owners of the empty home or people representing the owners' interest (such as an executor of a will). The following conditions apply:

If an empty property has a potential buyer who wishes to apply for the fund with the intention to let out the property, the council will use discretion in these cases, however exchange of contract must take place within an agreed period.

Eligible cost the fund could pay for

Capital repair cost to the property, for example:

Ineligible costs not to be paid for by the fund

Professional fees not related to the labour or materials of the improvement work, for example:

Legal and financial advice

Applicants should seek their own legal advice regarding the Local Land Charge which will be placed on the property and their own financial advice regarding the fund.

Legionella and empty properties

Landlords have responsibilities to assess the risk of exposure of their tenants to Legionella and implement appropriate control measures.  Most residential properties will be low risk, however, where a property has been empty there may be an increased risk as water may have stagnated in pipework. Click here for more information about Legionella and rented properties.

For information on the assessment criteria and conditions of the fund please see application form below.

Related documents

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[225kb] Empty Homes Application - editable Empty Homes Application - editable

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