A new home from a derelict property

Published Tuesday, 16 December 2014

A semi derelict property in Hinckley has been transformed into a warm, welcoming home by the Borough Council as part of a government-funded scheme to bring empty homes back into use.

The terraced house on London Road in Hinckley had been empty for 15 years and had fallen into such a state of disrepair that the owner was unable to renovate the property for sale or let.

The private sector housing team contacted the owner who agreed to allow the council to renovate the property inside and out. In return the owner gained a long term lease while the council gained a property under the scheme that benefits people in need of accommodation.

The Borough Council’s scheme – called Tailored Housing Solutions – uses government funding to tackle the current housing shortage by bringing houses that have been empty for more than six months back into use.

Under the scheme, owners are able to lease their empty properties to the council for a minimum period of five years up to a maximum of 10 years. During this time they will receive a guaranteed set rent from the council.

Throughout the duration of the lease the council will take care of all repairs and maintenance at the property and ensure that it is handed back to the owner in a good state of repair at the end of the lease.

The London Road property was in need of repair and improvement works, but the council was still able to go ahead by agreeing the works and assisting with the repairs using the council’s appointed contractors.

The cost of any repair works are spread out across the lease period and deducted from the guaranteed rent paid to the owner. The council will then manage the tenants and maintain the property throughout the whole lease period on the owner’s behalf.

The house on London Road is one of five properties in the borough the council has renovated and brought back into use so far through this scheme, and more properties are still required. Anyone who is finding their empty property difficult to sell or doesn’t wish to manage a private rental is encouraged to contact the Private Sector Housing Team at the council to find out more.

Councillor Michael Mullaney, Executive Member responsible for Housing, said:

"This scheme is doing great work by converting empty, derelict houses and bringing them back into use as homes. I look forward to more empty homes in the Borough being put back into use like this one."
  • For more information contact the Private Sector Housing Team on 01455 255734

Last updated: 16/12/2014 12:12