Grant for empty home owners

26 September 2019

Owners of empty homes can receive funding to help them bring them back into use.

During Empty Homes Week, 23-27 September, the Council is reminding empty home owners that they can apply for an Empty Homes Grant and Conversion Grant to help them renovate and reuse.

An example of someone who has had financial assistance is Hugh Byron, an experienced landlord and property developer. Hugh received a Conversion Grant to help with the refurbishment of a former empty commercial property in Cambridge Road, Ellesmere Port.   

Hugh said: “I inherited a shop with living accommodation above back in November 1980, which originally had a sitting commercial tenant. The property had stood empty for a number of years and, having contacted the Council`s Empty Homes Team, they mentioned about the Conversion Grant which is designed to help with refurbishment costs.

“What was once an empty property has now been converted into two flats using the Conversion Grant provided by the Council. It is good to know that both flats can now provide much needed housing for people on the housing register.” 

The maximum amount of grant funding available is £10,000, per unit of accommodation created, up to a maximum of £50,000 per scheme. This is subject to grant conditions and inspection by a council officer. In return for financial assistance, the landlord is required to provide the Council with nomination rights for a five year period.

Since the launch of the Council`s Empty Homes Strategy in 2016, 720 long-term empty homes have been brought back into use against a target of 900 by 2021.

Councillor Richard Beacham, Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration and Growth, said: “Having made significant progress in meeting our five year target, it is worth reminding empty home owners about the financial assistance available to them to help bring their empty home back into use and provide much needed accommodation for residents. 

“The Council`s Conversion Grant is there to assist those individuals who are just as keen as we are to transform former empty and dilapidated properties into housing for the many people on our housing register. The owners of properties like this can apply for this grant and help us solve the UK housing crisis.   The grant is also available to facilitate works required to convert different types of property into quality residential accommodation.”  

For more information: Empty Homes Week is a national campaign run by the charity Empty Homes. It aims to highlight how the nation’s empty homes are a wasted resource. There are around 200,000 empty homes across the UK, with around 2,100 of these being located in Cheshire West and Chester.

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