Council helping to meet housing need

Date: 
Friday, October 19, 2018

 

 

To support National Empty Homes week earlier in October the Council is reminding all residents of their ongoing financial empty homes offer, by promoting the support available to owners of long term empty properties. 

There are currently over 200 empty homes in total across the district which have been empty of over one year. Rochford District Council is committed in bringing these long term empty homes back into use and help meet the local housing need.

Financial assistance is available to bring long-term empty properties back into use, offering property owners a £5,000 conditional ‘Empty Homes Grant’ which can be used to kick-start works which will return a property back into use. 

Rochford District Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Community, Cllr Mike Webb said: “Not only are empty homes a loss of valuable housing, but they can impact on our local communities by attracting fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour and bringing down property prices.

“The benefits of bringing empty properties back into use are two-fold; firstly it can help us to meet our local housing supply needs, and secondly it helps improve the overall appearance of the district. It can really make a difference to the way we feel about our town or village, when we see that all the houses on our street are in a good state of repair.”

If you would like to see how we could support you to bring your property back into use, please email emptyhomes@rochford.gov.uk

To report any empty properties at www.rochford.gov.uk/emptyhomes