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Plan to combat empty homes in Basingstoke unveiled by the council
EMPTY Basingstoke homes will be leased from their owners and rented out to people on the housing register.
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has teamed up with national housing charity Chapter 1 to find 10 empty homes, refurbish them, and lease them to borough residents on the 6,000 strong housing register.
The council is calling for homeowners with empty flats, houses, bungalows, and even commercial premises that could be converted into homes to come forward.
The borough’s housing chief Councillor Rob Golding said: “The reasons why homes remain empty are many and varied, but a lack of access to funds is a common one.
“This scheme is primarily designed to assist those homeowners who not only have a lack of funds but are also unable to take on the responsibility of managing contractors, which can be a big worry if there is a lot of refurbishment required.”
The deal means homes will be leased from their owners for five years. In return the property will be revamped and can include re-wiring, new boiler, electrical work, treating damp or disabled adaptations.
After five years the property is given back to the owner.
Homeowners who apply will have their property assessed by the council to see if it is suitable, before being passed to Chapter1 who will manage the lease and refurbishment.
Rental income over the five years will be paid back into the scheme until the investment is paid off. Additional income after this may be paid to the owner, the council said.
Chapter 1’s operations director Barbara Stevenson said the Basingstoke project is their first in the south east.
“Chapter 1 is already a leading player in the development of leasing schemes, providing good quality affordable homes for tenants and making life easier for landlords.
“Our scheme in Basingstoke is our first in the South East. We have already housed more than 50 people, and are signing up more landlords all the time. The empty homes scheme will increase capacity further.”
For more information, visit there council's website here.
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