New scheme to help revamp empty homes

Landlords in the area who currently own empty properties are invited to express their interest in a scheme that brings empty homes back into use.

The new project is being headed up by East Lindsey District Council and the Waterloo Housing Group is looking to lease the empty housing from landlords who may not have the time or funds to refurbish them.

Coun William Gray, Portfolio Holder for the Built Environment at ELDC said: “Housing is a real issue in East Lindsey, with over 5,000 people on the waiting list.

“This scheme provides a small number of landlords with an opportunity to improve their empty properties as well as earn a rental income.”

The scheme is being delivered with funds from the Homes and Communities Agency and enough funding has been provided to initially refurbish around 10 homes.

For a two bedroom property that would otherwise be empty, a landlord could receive up to £17,000 over five years.

Landlords who want to put forward their property need to download an application form from the Council’s website or call Helen Wright on 01507 613148.