Council acts to bring thousands of empty homes back into use
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Development, Housing
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Salford City Council is taking action to bring around 3,400 empty properties back in to use.
The council is offering access to grants of up to £34,000 to private landlords to make their vacant properties habitable.
As part of the Empty to Plenty scheme, launched during Greater Manchester empty property week, the council’s empty property team is appealing to landlords to get advice on turning disused properties into family homes.
The push for more investment in empty properties comes as work on 21 formerly empty properties at Ashley Court in the Swinton area of the city has finished.
Tenants have started to move into the refurbished homes after £700,000 of private investment and a £40,000 council grant.
The number of empty properties in the city has dropped drastically in the last three years – from 5,700 to 3,400 since 2010 – but there are still 13,000 people on the waiting list for social housing.
Salford City Mayor Ian Stewart said: "Thousands of Salford people are waiting for a decent home in the city when there are thousands of properties sitting empty in Salford. They could be housing families desperate for a new place to live – especially as the bedroom tax hits so many in our city.
“The council is stepping in to help rescue empty properties and bring them back into use. We hope to make a real impact on the thousands of empty homes in Salford for the public good.
“Bringing homes back into use is good for both residents and landlords. That’s why I want to see landlords make the most of schemes like this.”