Householders in the local area are being asked to report long-term empty homes in their streets so Richmond Council can negotiate with owners to return them to use.
A £60 million fund has been launched by the Mayor of London to deal with abandoned or empty homes, which means the Council can offer grants to owners to bring properties up to scratch, with the authority finding tenants for three years. Low interest loans are even available for people wishing to upgrade an empty home and live in it themselves.
Cllr Nicola Urquhart, Cabinet Member for Adult Services, Health and Housing, said: “Not all empty properties fit the stereotype of a boarded up, dilapidated eyesore that sticks out like a sore thumb. At a time when there is significant pressure for housing, empty houses and flats are a missed opportunity to secure a home for someone in need.
“We’re asking for people to work with us by flagging up homes near them which could be used. Owners can also contact us to find out about help that is available.”
As well as working with owners to bring homes in to use, the Council can sometimes take enforcement action if needed to bring a property in to use.
Residents can report empty properties at any time but those who do so before 13 December will be entered into a draw to win a Christmas hamper.
To report an empty home call 020 8487 5123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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