Denbighshire County Council and North Wales Housing Association have formed an innovate partnership to bring empty homes back into use.
Which empty homes are we working with?
We’re focusing on long term empty homes which have been unoccupied for more than 6 months. We will work with properties with no viable plan to bring them back into use.
Why are we doing this?
Tackling Denbighshire’s empty homes is a positive project for all:
For those in housing need - empty homes could be used to provide much needed affordable housing in the County.
For those living nearby - empty homes can blight a street and undermine the community’s confidence in an area.
For the owner - it costs a lot to leave a home empty. Council tax, upkeep, lost rent etc. all add up to around £8,000 per year.
For the Council & Emergency Services - dealing with complaints and being called out to empty homes costs thousands of pounds each year.
For the environment - it’s far more sustainable to use up what we’ve got before building new
The Denbighshire Empty Homes Strategy
We’ve developed an Empty Homes Strategy for Denbighshire which sets out our plans for bringing empty homes back into use and outlines our proactive, co-ordinated approach.
Our objectives are to:
· return as many empty homes as possible back into use
· improve the existing built environment
· utilise empty homes for affordable housing
· recover debts owed to the Council by empty home owners
For further information please contact:
The Empty Homes Officer
Denbighshire County Council
Housing & Area Renewal
Tel - 01824 706817
E-mail - email@example.com