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Making the best use of empty homes

[Friday 28 January 2011]

A new campaign to make the best use of empty homes has been launched.

Hambleton is home to many properties which have lain empty and wasted for many years – at a time when the demand for affordable housing is growing.

An empty property survey has kicked off – with officers aiming to place all homes that have been empty for more than six months on a new register. Owners will also be encouraged to bring the premises back into use.

“Empty houses are a terrible waste of much needed housing, and they can become a blot on the landscape for local communities,” said Cabinet Member, Councillor Tim Swales.

“Owners of these homes may not be aware of all the help that is available to them, or that the council may take enforcement action to bring these homes back into use. At a time when many local families are struggling to find accommodation it is doubly important that we tackle this problem.”

Owners of empty properties should contact Rural Housing Enabler, Amanda Madden on 01609 767048 for more information.

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