Empty homes grant offer

South Kesteven District Council.
South Kesteven District Council.

South Kesteven District Council is renewing efforts to bring empty homes back into use by giving landlords and owners an incentive grant of up to £5,000 to help them re-let their properties.

Hundreds of addresses in the district have been identified as long term unoccupied at a time when there is increasing housing demand nationally and locally.

SKDC is offering grants to those who own properties registered as empty to assist in returning them to use.

To qualify, the property must have been empty for a minimum of six months and owners must agree to charge rent that does not exceed Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates for a minimum period of three years.

For details contact SKDC’s environmental health team on 01476 406080 or go to www.southkesteven.gov.uk/emptyhomesassistance

Coun Frances Cartwright understood the expense of restoring properties, but said according to their research, many long term empty properties need not be, saying: “The work can bring a number of benefits, not least improving the condition and value of the property and, if the property is then let, generating income for the owner.

“For the local community, an occupied property decreases the likelihood of squatting, fly-tipping, vandalism or anti-social behaviour. It also helps meet housing needs and improve the district’s neighbourhoods.”