Plan to Turn Empty Houses into New Homes

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It is believed that there are more than 22,000 empty properties in Wales and it is hoped that a new initiative, the National Empty Homes Grant scheme, will begin to see them come back into use over the next two years.

Announced by Minister Julie James, the scheme will work alongside other Welsh Government plans to make more affordable housing available in the private rental sector.

£50 million pounds will be used to encourage home owners to make their houses safe and energy-efficient for people to rent. Grants of up to £25,000 will be made available to those who apply for a property that has been registered empty with the local authority for at least 12 months. The recipient must, on completion of work, then live in the property for a minimum of five years.

Social landlords who are registered, community groups and local authorities can also apply for funding if they are renovating empty houses and bringing them back  into the rental market. Local authorities will be responsible for overseeing the funding.

The scheme will be administered by Rhondda Cynon Taff Council on behalf of the Welsh Government, and a list of participating local authorities, including Pembrokeshire, can be seen at https://www.gov.wales/apply-empty-homes-grant. It is understood that more local authorities will be added to the list as the scheme gets underway.

 

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