Aksa is turning empty houses into homes
Published by Peter Bird for New Charter Housing Trust Group in Housing and also in Communities
Councillor Sultan Ali and Aksa's Mushtaq Khan
A property in Heywood that has stood empty since 1999, is being transformed into a new family home by Aksa Homes in partnership with Rochdale Council.
The run-down property, which has had scaffolding obstructing the pavement and a rear garden used as a rubbish tip, has affected local residents and has been a blot on the quiet residential street.
It is eyesores such as this that are set to be transformed as part of the ‘Empty to Plenty’ campaign which has been launched this week.
This ambitious campaign, reaching out across the ten Greater Manchester Councils, aims to stamp out the problems associated with empty properties by refurbishing homes and finding tenants on behalf of owners of empty homes.
Mushtaq Khan, Director of Aksa Homes says: “Aksa and other housing associations, in partnership with local authorities, are working hard to bring derelict and empty properties back into use and provide desirable homes for families.
Mushtaq adds: “Through our letting and property repair service, Homes for All we have already carried out a number of property transformations in Oldham, turning neglected properties into assets. We are now working closely with Rochdale Borough Council to do the same.”
The Empty to Plenty scheme offers owners of an empty property in Greater Manchester help and support to return their property back into use. In turn this provides many benefits such as, generating rental income, increasing the value of the property, removing their council tax liability but most of all, peace of mind.
Kalsoom Iqbal, an Aksa board member said: “Living and working in Rochdale I am aware of the problems that long-term empty homes bring to the local community. This is the first of many homes in Rochdale that Aksa will be re-furbishing.”
Councillor Sultan Ali, Cabinet member for Housing at Rochdale Borough Council said. “It’s great to see the huge improvement in properties such as those in Robert Street. The empty to plenty scheme means that many more properties across the borough will be transformed in this way helping our residents find good homes to live in and improving our neighbourhoods.”