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Burgled and vandalised home brought back into use

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development

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A rundown property which had been vandalised, burgled and empty for four years has been fully renovated with the help of a government grant.

Homes For All, social landlord Aksa Homes’ social letting agency, has been working in partnership with Rochdale Council to bring the property in Middleton back to life as part of a Greater Manchester scheme to refurbish empty properties.

The refurbishment work was funded through the Homes and Communities Agency and a loan to the owner from the council, which will be recovered through the rental income - when the loan is paid off the property will be returned to the owner.

Squatters took over the property for two years and it was so badly damaged the owner found it too upsetting to visit.

Floorboards were removed and electric wiring had been ripped out. Walls had been soaked with alcohol and the attic was badly water damaged with no roofing.

The boiler had been stolen and seven toilets, and other items which are thought to have been stolen goods, were found stored in one of the rooms.

A brand new kitchen and bathroom has been fitted along with a full central heating system and windows.

Mushtaq Khan, director at Aksa Homes, said: “We are delighted to bring this long-term empty property back into use along with our partners at the council and the Homes and Communities Agency.

“We offer empty home owners a chance to get a rental income whilst ensuring that their property is refurbished to a high standard and returned to them in time.

“I'm particularly pleased with this property as it was a blight on the neighbourhood and is now a much-needed family home.”

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