OWNERS of empty properties can benefit from up to £6,000 towards making their property habitable, thanks to an initiative from Thurrock Council.
The Empty Property offer being promoted during National Empty Homes Week 2019 enables owners of empty properties in Thurrock to apply for assistance towards major repairs such as electrical installation, windows, doors and heating to make a property liveable. This support, which is made up of a 50 per cent grant and 50 per cent interest free loan, is given on the condition that the property is used to house families which are currently homeless.
Cllr Barry Johnson, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “Returning empty properties back into homes to help those who have, through no fault of their own, lost the roof over their head is the right thing to do. This not only helps the homeowner to make money from their empty property but also helps reduce the strain on the taxpayer.
“This offer will also help us to tackle housing demands and deliver housing-led growth and regeneration within the borough.
“This is just one of the initiatives the council is implementing to help reduce the levels of unoccupied properties in Thurrock.”
To apply for the initiative, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Residents are also asked to contact the council and report empty properties that are unsecured, unsightly and may be a target for anti-social behaviour. Email: email@example.com
National Empty Homes Week 2019 (Monday, 23 September to Sunday, 29 September) is a campaign from Action on Empty Homes, which aims to tackle the problem of empty homes across England.