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Interest free loans to bring empty homes back into use

Interest free loans to bring empty homes back into use

People looking to return empty properties back into use can apply for financial help.

The Houses into Homes scheme has funding available across North Wales in a bid to provide people with much needed homes.

The scheme provides interest free loans to enable the renovation, improvement and conversion of empty properties for use as residential accommodation. In the past two years, 33 dwellings in Conwy have been part of the scheme. Private individuals or developers planning to sell on, or let, the properties can apply.

Eligible properties must have been empty for six months or more. Each single unit of accommodation can receive a loan of up to £25,000, with a maximum loan of £150,000 available per applicant. Houses into Homes is a Welsh Government scheme and loans are subject to approval.

Sam Parry, Conwy County Borough Council's Housing Services Manager, said, "The Houses into Homes scheme supports the Council's aim to bring long-term empty dwellings back into use. Empty homes are a wasted resource. There are approximately 1,600 long term empty properties across Conwy County, depriving people of a much needed home and blighting the community.  Bringing these properties back into use will provide good quality, affordable homes for people and helps 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 the Houses Into Homes scheme, please contact Jeremy Grant, Affordable Housing Development Officer, Conwy County Borough Council, Civic Offices, Abergele Road, Old Colwyn, by telephone on (01492) 574235 or by e-mail at jeremy.grant@conwy.gov.uk

 



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22 Apr 2015 14:45