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Empty Homes Loan Scheme

Published on Thursday, 10th March 2016

An empty house in Paddiford Place has been given a new lease of life thanks to the Empty Homes Loan Scheme.

Paddiford Place Before & AfterBefore (left) and After (right)

The three bedroom end-terraced property was unoccupied for six years and was in need of major renovation work to bring it back to use. Local residents were being affected by its poor condition and made several complaints to the Council and local councillor. 

The Council’s Empty Homes Officer contacted the owner to discuss their options to bring the empty property back to use and potentially take advantage of any assistance available from the Council. 

The owner chose the empty homes loan scheme and agreed to work with the Council to remedy the situation.  A reasonable timescale was agreed and the Council provided a £10,000 interest free loan to assist with the cost of works.

The property was substantially repaired and improved to include

  • new bedroom ensuite;
  • new toilet and bathroom; 
  • new double glazed windows and doors;
  • new central heating system; 
  • new floors and carpets and new kitchen. 

The overgrown garden was tidied too which improved the external appearance of the property.  

It is now occupied by a tenant providing the owner with extra income which in part is being used to pay back the loan. Local residents were delighted to see the property brought back into use. 

The owner said  “Your help has been invaluable and without the empty homes loan my property may still be empty, now I have extra income from the property and its occupied by a happy young family.

“Although the Council would like to see all our local housing occupied, there are often good reasons why it is not.  Our loan scheme, although limited, aims to help owners overcome the challenges they face and bring new homes to families.”

Cllr Julie Jackson, portfolio holder for Housing

If you own an empty home and would like to discuss the options for bringing it back into use, please call Tim Mandaba on 024 7637 6256 or email