Grant breathes life into property market
Published by Sarah Schofield for Berneslai Homes in Housing and also in Communities
Berneslai Homes have recently welcomed the first tenants to their new home thanks to the Empty Homes Community Grant.
The Empty Homes Community Grant (EHCG) runs from 1st April 2012 until 31st March 2015 across the UK to bring empty homes back into use. The grant was set up to offer private homeowners and landlords the chance to get up to £9,000 grant funding, in order to renovate their empty properties.
Berneslai Homes have been working in partnership with Barnsley College to deliver the scheme. Berneslai Homes has been purchasing long term empty properties as part of their acquisitions programme and those suitable are then refurbished under the EHCG programme, with works being carried out by apprentices from Barnsley College.
Sam Bailey recently moved into her home in Barnsley Town Centre which was the second property to be improved under the scheme. She adds, "Id like to thank Berneslai Homes and Barnsley College for providing a lovely home to move into, they've done a brilliant job."
Berneslai Homes Investment and Regeneration Manager John Lythe concludes "There are many empty homes in Barnsley and there's a great demand for housing. The grant helps to bring properties back into the housing supply to meet local needs and helps tackle homelessness, prevent neighborhood decline and regenerate areas.
So far, three properties have been improved with a further one to start shortly. We're constantly looking at the property market to try and acquire suitable properties for this scheme which have been void for at least six months and our plan is to hopefully refurbish another seven properties before the scheme ends in March 2015."