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I own an empty property

Benefits of Bringing Empty Homes Back into Use

There are many benefits to bringing empty homes back into use which can be recognised by the owner, local residents, businesses, the local authority, property developers and the community as a whole. These include:

  • A vital resource is retained and maintained.
  • The owner will receive income from rent or sale.
  • Local residents have an increased choice of homes.
  • Vandalism and crime is decreased and the property is made safe.
  • The area becomes more attractive increasing trade for local businesses as well as increasing house values and sales.
  • Reduction in dangerous or unsightly properties presenting a risk to the community.
  • Reducing carbon emissions associated with building new properties.
  • Opportunities for increasing the number of affordable housing, and housing the homeless.
  • Reducing the cost to owners in insurance and maintenance.
  • Increased security from squatters and misuse.

What to do now

If you would like more information, or would just like to talk with the council’s Empty Property Officer, please call 01427 675187 or email emptyhomes@west-lindsey.gov.uk.

National Empty Homes Loan Fund

West Lindsey District Council is a partner in the National Empty Homes Loan Fund, which will provide loans of up to £15,000 to owners of empty properties to help bring them back into affordable use.

Groundwork Empty Homes Leasing Scheme

Got an empty house in Caistor, Market Rasen, or a village on the fringe of Lincoln which you cannot sell or rent? We can help.
Groundwork can lease the property from you, improve it with grant-funded works to make it attractive to tenants. We will then find a tenant and manage the property.

You get your rent, and a local family gets a home.

How does it work?

The property must have been empty for more than six months. If you lease to us we will improve your property up to the Decent Homes standard using grant funding from the Department of Communities and Local Government. The property must be leased to the scheme for at least five years. If the home is withdrawn from the scheme early, the grant funded works may need to be paid for. Insurance and any major damage remain the responsibility of the owner.

We will find, vet and manage tenants for you. Inspections and rent collection will be arranged by us. Rent will be set at the Local Housing Allowance rate (currently up to £114p/w for a 3 bedroom house). So long as the rent is paid, we will pass over 75% to you, keeping 25% to cover the costs of tenancy management. This includes Gas Safe inspections, six monthly tenancy checks, and call outs.

You benefit by receiving having the property improved with grant funding, an income when the property is tenanted, and fewer worries about bills while the property is empty.

Where can I find out more?

Contact the Empty Property Officer at West Lindsey District Council (01427 675187) or Darren Pollard at Groundwork Creswell, Ashfield and Mansfield (01246 570977.) The scheme is open now.

Who are Groundwork?

Two Groundwork Trusts are involved - covering Lincolnshire and Creswell, Ashfield and Mansfield. Both are charities which work to improve communities and the local environment. Our trading company CRESTRA will hold the property leases. This project is funded by the Department of Communities and Local Government Empty Homes Community Grant Scheme.


Nacro Housing Resettlement Service

Nacro is a registered social landlord with substantial experience of providing supported housing and resettlement services to offenders and people at risk of offending. They are looking for one and two bedroom properties, in a good lettable condition, in the Gainsborough area. They will lease ready to let properties from owners for move on accommodation for their service users, taking responsibility for finding tenants and for the day to day management of the tenancy. There is no minimum time empty to be eligible for this scheme.

Please see the scheme leaflet on the download tab and contact the Empty Property Officer on 01427 675187 to be put in contact with Nacro.

Where you can find help if you are homeless

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Last updated: 14 October 2013

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