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Council Campaign to Meet Housing Need

23/10/2018

A council campaign is underway to breathe new life into long term vacant properties throughout the Rochford district by promoting the support available to owners interested in bringing their empty properties back into use.

 

There are currently 220 homes in the district are recorded as empty, 31 of which have been so for more than five years.

 

Rochford District Council is committed in bringing these 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 [email protected]

 

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


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