To encourage landlords to bring empty properties back into use Gloucester City Council has teamed up with housing charity Chapter 1 during National Empty Homes Week
At the present time, empty homes in England account for 3% of the total housing stock. This new partnership aims to bring twenty-eight empty properties back into use by 2015 and ensure they are managed and maintained to a high standard.
As part of the initiative, subject to survey, renovations and improvement works are carried out to bring the property back into use.
The property is then rented to people on the council's housing waiting list and professionally managed and maintained by a partner housing association – with guaranteed five-year income and the return of the property in good condition.
Councillor Colin Organ, Cabinet Member for Housing, Health and Leisure, Gloucester City Council said:
"The project really is a win- win situation for communities and families in Gloucester and the owners of these properties.
"Landlords who take up the initiative will benefit from having their properties renovated and brought up to the high standards required by housing associations, such as Chapter1.
"This really is a hassle-free and cost-effective way to rent out a property. Bringing properties back into use can help contribute significantly to the housing supply required to meet local needs, prevent anti-social behaviour and help transform areas. This initiative couldn't come at a better time as empty homes are high on everyone's agenda.
If you are the owner of a property that has been empty for more than two years and you are interested in this scheme, please contact Ian Stenner on 01452 396541 for further information.
To find out more about National Empty Homes Week, please visit www.emptyhomes.com