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Friday, August 24, 2012

Cash available to transform empty properties

People looking to return empty properties back into use can now apply for financial help thanks to a new scheme.
The Houses into Homes scheme has made over £2.35 million available to people across North Wales in a bid to provide people with much needed homes.
In Denbighshire, over £300,000 has been made available.
The Welsh Government scheme provides interest free loans to enable the renovation, improvement and conversion of empty properties for use as residential accommodation.
Eligible properties must have been empty for six months or more. Single units of accommodation can receive a loan of up to a maximum of £25,000, with a maximum loan of £150,000 available per applicant.
Denbighshire’s Cabinet Lead Member with responsibility for housing, Councillor David Smith, said: “This funding is extremely welcome and will go a long way in helping turn empty or derelict properties into homes for people across the county.”
Huw Lewis AM, Minister for Housing, Regeneration and Heritage
“Empty homes are, quite simply, a wasted resource. There are approximately 20,000 long term empty properties across Wales, depriving people of a much needed home and blighting the community.
“Providing good quality, affordable homes for people is a priority across Wales and we have been exploring a number of ways to help us meet the growing demand. We hope the Houses into Homes scheme will encourage landlords, home owners and developers to come forward and turn empty properties into homes.”
For more information about Homes into Houses scheme, please contact
Debbie Nalecz, Empty Homes Officer on 01824 706817 or debbie.nalecz@denbighshire.gov.uk

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