Uttlesford supports Empty Homes Week

Uttlesford District Council is giving its support to a national initiative which encourages the return to use of empty and derelict properties.

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The aim of Empty Homes Week (23 to 29 September) is to highlight the work that is happening to reduce the number of long-term empty homes - that is, properties which have been unoccupied for more than six months.

Nationally, the number of empty homes has grown by 5 per cent in the last two years and the number of long-term empty homes currently stands at over 216,000. According to the latest available data, the number of long-term empty homes in Uttlesford is 214.

Cllr Petrina Lees, Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: "Empty homes are a wasted resource for the community, particularly when housing demand is so high. Properties that stand empty for a long time can blight neighbourhoods and lead to complaints such as anti-social behaviour and littering, especially if the condition of the property is beginning to deteriorate.

"The council is committed to reducing the number of long-term empty homes in the district and is keen to work with owners to help bring them back into use, including offering an Empty Homes Loan of up to £25,000 to help with renovation and repair costs for properties that will be let or sold."

During Empty Homes Week the council will be issuing a series of social media posts, and will be holding an information stand at the markets in Saffron Walden (24 September) and Thaxted (27 September) where people can come along and find out more about what support is available.

Further information is also available at www.uttlesford.gov.uk/empty-homes or by contacting Craig Cardross Grant, Empty Homes Officer, on 01799 510565 or ccardrossgrant@uttlesford.gov.uk.

16 September 2019