Incentives to combat housing shortage

Northumberland County Council has launched a campaign to bring vacant properties back into use and help ease a housing shortage.

Thursday, 10th March 2016, 08:55 am
Updated Thursday, 10th March 2016, 08:58 am

The authority is reaching out to owners of empty homes and offering assistance to bring them back onto the rental market with various incentive schemes.

The council is offering free advertising on the Northumberland Homefinder website to match properties up with prospective tenants. It will also carry out reference checks on potential tenants and may assist with a bond.

Free property inspections are also being offered as well as financial assistance with safety certificates, as part of the accreditation scheme to ensure the houses meet certain standards.

Cllr Allan Hepple, cabinet member for housing, said: “It makes sense to do all that we can to bring these valuable assets back into use. An empty property could be a home for a family needing somewhere to live. Empty homes are a wasted resource particularly with the current shortage of affordable housing in Northumberland.”

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“A large number of owners will already have plans for the future of their property but others may need a helping hand, and this is where the council can offer advice, support and information to owners, tenants and landlords.”

For further information, or to tell the council about an empty property, call 0345 600 6400 or email privatesectorhousing@northumberland.gov.uk