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

750,000 government grant to tackle empty homes 750,000 government grant to tackle empty homes

Around 75 empty homes in Greater Manchester will be brought back into use with a £750,000 government grant.

Oldham-based housing association Aksa Homes has been awarded the money from the Homes and Communities Agency to refurbish privately-owned properties in Oldham, Rochdale and Manchester.

The work will be carried out between 2015 and 2018 under the next phase of the affordable homes programme.

Since 2011, Aksa has worked with partners to transform more than 50 empty properties across the region into family homes.

Private landlord Andrew Rodgers recently had his mother’s property in Greenfield (Saddleworth) renovated after she went into residential care.

Mr Rodgers said: “The lease of my mother’s property to Aksa Homes helps her with care home costs whilst at the same time making her feel that the house she lived in for 87 years is still hers.

“The 50% grant towards the cost of the renovation works was a big help and I’d encourage anyone in possession of a long-term empty home to contact their local authority to see which housing associations are involved in empty homes programmes.”

Mushtaq Khan, director at Aksa said: “This funding means that we can continue with our current empty homes programme which has helped owners gain an income from their empty homes while providing much-needed family housing.”

Homes refurbished through the programme are also let through Aksa Homes’ Homes For All social lettings agency.

Mushtaq added: “The programme improves the condition and management of homes in the private-rented sector which is a major concern for residents. Tenants also benefit from not having to stump up hefty deposits and admin fees charged by lettings agents.”

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