Aksa is Bringing Empty Homes Back to Life
Published by Peter Bird for New Charter Housing Trust Group in Housing and also in Communities
Aksa Homes Director, Mushtaq Khan, Mohammed Ansar, Centre Manager Pakistani Community Centre and Aksa Homes board member Qulzam Bhatti
The launch of the ‘Empty to Plenty’ campaign took place last week and Oldham-based Aksa Homes took part by visiting properties they are transforming and running ‘drop in’ events for landlords.
One of the properties they visited in Royton has stood empty since 2006 and was so badly neglected that a tree was growing in the front garden covering almost half the house which could have led to structural damage.
It is this type of run-down property that is set to be transformed as part of the ‘Empty to Plenty’ campaign.
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 to provide desirable homes for families.”
Mushtaq adds: “Through our letting and property repair service, Homes for All, we now have a number of homes that have been brought back to use and are again a home for local people”.
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.
Qulzam Bhatti, an Aksa board member said: “Living and working in Oldham I am aware of the problems that long-term empty homes bring to the local community. Aksa Homes has already carried out the re-furbishment of a number of properties in the area and will continue to work with local landlords to bring further properties back to life.”