CHELMSFORD CITY COUNCIL Press Release PR 310818 October 2017 For Immediate Release
Chelmsford City Council has been focusing on returning empty homes back into use, since 1st April 2017 148 properties have been brought back into use.
Various actions have assisted in bringing properties back into use, In January 2017 the city council agreed to use Compulsory Purchase Orders for those empty properties having the most impact on local neighbourhoods. Other options the Council is progressing with includes Enforced Sale and Empty Dwelling Management Orders.
However, the Council understands that such action is not always the right approach and some owners just need some assistance. The city council wants to engage with home owners to help them to sell or rent out their empty homes and is offering owners of empty properties a loan of £25,000 to help to sell or rent the homes.
The loan can be used for the renovation works on empty homes, to the Decent Homes Standard meaning it is suitable for immediate occupation; whether by sale, or rent. It can also be used to convert an empty property into one or more homes to the same standard.
People applying for the loan may be existing or prospective home owners, but they must supply security for the loan.
To be eligible for works, the improvements must result in the property being suitable for immediate occupation as a home, comply with Building Regulations, and achieve the Decent Homes Standard.
Councillor Paul Hutchinson, Cabinet Member for Strategic Housing said: “We want to work closely with people who own empty homes in Chelmsford to make sure that they make the most of these assets.
"There are plenty of people who would love a good home and the various actions we take helps bring empty homes back into use which benefits both them and empty home owners".
To apply for a loan call the city councils Customer Service Centre on 01245 606400.
To report an empty property visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk/housing/report-an-empty-property