Empty house to new home - revamped properties welcome first tenants
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New tenants Stacey and Gareth Howarth receive the keys to their new home from House to Home project officer Steve Ferguson and North East Lincolnshire Council head of strategic housing Debbie Fagan
Previously empty properties have been brought back to life by our innovative renovation scheme with the first new tenants moving in.
The properties on Laceby Road, Gilbey Road and Elsenham Road are the first three empty houses to be brought back to life through the House to Home private sector leasing scheme with another nine already in progress.
Empty for several years and a blight to their streets, the houses have undergone complete renovation from new electrics, wiring and plastering to new bathrooms, decoration and modern new kitchens – creating good-quality family homes.
Funded by North East Lincolnshire Council and managed by Shoreline, House to Home brings problematic empty private properties back into use.
House to Home project officer Steve Ferguson said: “Empty homes are a waste. Turning empty houses back into homes reduces the number of empty properties, eases the pressure on housing waiting lists, is obviously in the private owners’ interest and provides good-quality accommodation to those who need it most.
“Empty homes also have a negative impact on local neighbourhoods and streets – they’re often unsecure, unsafe and attract anti-social behaviour and frequently cause problems for residents who live nearby.
“We’re delighted the first three properties have been completed so quickly and tenants are moving in – it illustrates the support, guidance and opportunity the scheme provides.”
The scheme enables privately-owned empty properties to go through an improvement programme to bring them up to a decent letting standard so they can be leased from the private landlord and sublet to people in housing need and managed by Shoreline.
Homeowners with empty two or three bedroom properties could benefit from interest-free loans of up to £30,000 towards improvement works as well as a guaranteed level of rent.
The area’s first of its kind scheme provides a safe accessible path to refurbishing and upgrading long-term empty homes so they can be lived in, reducing the number of empty homes and homelessness across the borough.
Gareth and Stacey Howarth moved into their new home in Elsenham Road with their four young children four weeks ago.
They found out about the property after bidding for other Shoreline homes online and becoming fed up with the poor state of their previous home, which is on the same street.
Gareth, said: "It's lovely. It's nice and tidy and there's no damage. We weren't expecting it to be decorated – that was a nice bonus – and the kitchen is beautiful."
Homeowners interested in the scheme can phone 01472 572157 or visit www.housetohome-nelincs.gov.uk for more information.
If you’re a homeowner interested in the scheme telephone 01472 572157 or visit www.housetohome-nelincs.co.uk for more information.
Empty homes should be reported to North East Lincolnshire Council’s empty homes team on 01472 313131.