New service in Cheshire West to bring empty homes back into use

1 December 2015

A new service is being launched by Cheshire West and Chester Council during national Empty Homes Week which is now underway.

The Empty Homes Matching Service is a bespoke service for landlords who are members of the Cheshire Landlord Accreditation Scheme.

The scheme links up landlords who want to buy a property with an empty home owner who wants to sell.

Councillor Angela Claydon, Cabinet Member for Housing said: “The Landlord Accreditation Scheme recognises those landlords that provide good housing management for their tenants.

“The accredited landlord will then let the former empty home to someone in housing need, thereby providing much needed accommodation for the Borough’s residents.

“I am very keen to ensure that the Council does everything it can to bring as many empty homes as possible back into use – and there are currently 1,800 across the Borough.

“It is time to address the issue of long term empty homes that are a wasted resource and often blight our neighbourhoods.”

Continued Councillor Claydon: “Also our Empty Homes Strategy consultation closes at the end of Empty Homes Week, so it is a timely reminder for residents to make sure that they have their say on how the Council should deal with empty homes over the next five years.” If you want further details about the Empty Home Matching Service, the Cheshire Landlord Accreditation Service, or if you have an empty home and need advice and financial help in bringing your property back into use ring the Empty Homes Team on 0300 123 70 38.

If you wish to have your say on the draft Empty Homes Strategy and take part in the consultation, then visit www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/emptyhomestrategy or ring Housing Strategy on 0151356 6410.

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