Council bringing 10 empty homes a month back into use
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Development, Housing
A council is managing to bring more than 10 empty homes a month back into use.
In the last 12 months, Croydon Council has restored 157 vacant properties.
The boost in housing supply is being used by the local authority to get more homeless families into permanent accommodation.
Around 1,300 homes in Croydon are estimated to have been empty for over six months.
Council officials are currently searching the borough for vacant properties, and an additional post is set to be recruited to focus on accommodation above shops and businesses.
Officers are also able to provide advice and assistance to property owners, which includes loans from the council.
Councillor Dudley Mead, cabinet member for housing, said: “Empty homes are a wasted resource, especially when there is such a shortage of housing in Croydon.
“Bringing them back into use will help the council to increase its housing supply and accommodate families waiting for a home.
“Unused properties are also often in poor condition and are an eyesore to neighbours.
“If any residents are aware of any properties that might be empty, we’d be grateful if they could get in touch with the council.
“It’s only when we know about them that we can take action.”