Aksa transform empty property into a home
Published by Peter Bird for New Charter Group in Housing and also in Communities
First Homes for All Property completed
A derelict home that stood empty for 14 years causing a nuisance to the community has now been transformed into a new family home due to the work carried out by Oldham based Aksa Homes, part of the New Charter Housing Trust Group.
Aksa Homes, in partnership with Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, has developed a new letting and property repair service, Homes for All. It is this service that has been the catalyst to renovate the property onBusk Road,Oldham which has now welcomed its first tenant, Natalie Ann Kirk and her family.
Natalie comments on her new home: “I was living in temporary accommodation with my 3 children prior to moving into Busk Road but now we have a permanent home. I would like to thank Aksa for all the help they have given to us, it is very much appreciated.”
The newly tenanted property had been neglected and was an eyesore in the neighbourhood. Due to its run-down condition Oldham Council were forced to contact the owner. They suggested he engage with Aksa Homes and utilise their Homes for All service in order to bring the property up to a good standard.
The Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) submitted the successful joint Empty Homes funding bid on behalf of the ten district authorities in Greater Manchester. Cllr Ged Cooney of the AGMA Planning & Housing Commission said: “AKSA and other housing associations, in partnership with district authorities, are working hard to bring back over 800 homes into occupation for Greater Manchester. Credit should be given to AKSA for their continued commitment to tackling empty homes, thereby increasing the supply of available homes, as well as reducing the impacts that properties laying empty can have on their neighbourhoods.”
Empty derelict homes such as the one onBusk Roadare a blot on the landscape and a wasted resource, ‘Homes for All’ is a service that is aimed at bringing those long term empty properties back into use.
Aksa took on the property and carried out extensive work including the rebuilding of the pathways and patio area, new gates and pathway, refitting of kitchen including all utility adjustments and installation of new boiler, repair/renewing doors and furniture. The total cost for the work carried out was £14k. This will be paid back through rental income.
Commenting on the new letting service Director of Aksa Homes, Mushtaq Khan says: “This is the first empty property we have brought back to use which has involved major work. The owner now receives a monthly income rather than the liability he previously had. And we are able to re-house a family from temporary accommodation which is unsuitable for families.
Mushtaq adds: “We have set up a programme with the help of the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) where we can invest over £1.3m in Oldham in bringing empty private homes back into use. We want to turn those properties into desirable homes for single people and families to rent.”
Christine Duffin, Area Manager at the HCA said: “Tackling empty homes that blight our communities and neighbourhoods up and down the country is one of the HCA’s key priorities. It’s fantastic to see how partners have worked collaboratively to bring a long term empty property back into use. Through our Affordable Homes Programme and the Clusters of Empty Homes Programme, we’re looking forward to continuing our work with partners to help transform properties and create much needed homes for local people.”
Homes for All has been developed with the aim of helping people in Oldham and the surrounding areas to find good standard, affordable homes, with long-term tenancies in the private sector.
You can find out how Homes for All can help you by visiting www.homesforallaksa.co.uk, email:firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel; 0161 331 2500