Date published: 09 July 2018
Home owners in Gainsborough are being offered the chance to apply for a range of grants to improve their properties.
West Lindsey District Council has introduced a new Housing Assistance Policy to offer more support to homeowners to address housing standards and improve the area.
It is hoped that the grants of up to £10,000 will help bring long term empty properties back into use and encourage more home ownership.
Grants available include:
A maximum grant of £10,000 is available to bring long term empty properties back into use.
An owner occupier grant of £5,000 is also available to help remove hazards from occupied properties to improve the health and energy efficiency and reduce fuel poverty.
Cllr Judy Rainsforth, ward member for Gainsborough welcomed the news. She said: “Empty properties are a problem in Gainsborough and particularly in the South West Ward.
“Some homeowners are unable to sell them due to the current market. But thanks to this new policy we have been able to introduce an Empty Property Purchase Scheme.
“It means we can pay the market value of a property at the point of sale, for a property that has been empty for six months or more.
“This helps us to bring the much needed empty properties back in to use improving the street scene and more importantly means our residents are able to live in them.”
The policy has been introduced to support the West Lindsey Housing Strategy which aims to improve homes and encourage more people to live in the district.
Councillors have also agreed a new Landlord Incentive Grant of up to £2,500 to improve the standards of the properties in the selective licensing area of Gainsborough.
This is available for properties that are licensed and have had no previous enforcement action undertake. The grant can be used to improve ventilation within a property.
Cllr Sheila Bibb, Chairman of the Prosperous Communities Committee said: “I am pleased that we are able to offer this financial support to landlords, who have already invested their time and money into the selective licensing area of Gainsborough.
“By offering a range of grants we hope it will help support landlords to further increase the property standards and the security, making it a healthy and attractive place for people to live in.”
For a full copy of the Housing Assistance Policy and further information on the grants that are on offer, visit www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/ or contact the Housing Team on 01427 676676.