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Grant funding available for Refurb and Rent scheme

Property owners are being urged to apply for grants to help bring empty homes back into use.

The call comes during National Empty Homes Week which aims to address housing need, as well as ensuring rental income for the landlord.

Under Middlesbrough's successful Refurb & Rent scheme, the Council works to bring back into use properties which have been empty for more than six months.

Up to £16,000 of match grant funding from Homes England is available per property for renovations, with the owner in return required to lease the property to a management organisation for a five-year term.

The owner will receive 87% of all rental income collected.

The scheme is open to owners of properties that have been vacant for six months or more, and once work needed to bring the property to a 'decent' standard has been identified, the owner is free to source their own contractors.

Middlesbrough Council also continues to work proactively with Cleveland Police and Cleveland Fire Brigade to address arson and crime issues linked to empty homes.

Councillor Ashley Waters, Middlesbrough Council's Executive member for Regeneration, said: "Refurb & Rent is bringing empty properties back into use to help meet housing needs.

"It's also good news for the owners who benefit from rental income from assets that otherwise end up costing them money.

"National Empty Homes Week is a very worthwhile annual initiative that highlights the work we do alongside housing providers and community organisations to tackle this important issue."

For full details and how to apply, visit the Refurb & Rent scheme page or call Private Sector Housing on 01642 729282