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House empty for more than 20 years brought back into use

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Wednesday, 31 May, 2017

A run-down house in Burnley which lay empty for more than 20 years has been brought back to life thanks to Burnley Council.

The semi-detached property in Rennie Street had been empty since 1994 and had fallen into disrepair and was having a detrimental impact on the surrounding area.

The council stepped in using its Empty Homes Programme and renovated the property, which is now up for sale and ready to be snapped up by a buyer.

The council called in local contractors and suppliers who carried out extensive work including installing: a new kitchen, bathroom, new floor coverings, new high efficiency doors and windows and decorating throughout.

The two-bedroom semi-detached is now on the market through local estate agents John W Dinsdale for £110,000.

Clare Jackson, the council’s private sector housing manager, said: “The house had been empty for a long time and was in a poor state, which was having an impact on neighbours.

“We got in touch with the owner who agreed to sell the house to us. Now it is a lovely property waiting for someone to buy it and make it into a warm and welcoming home.”

The Empty Homes Programme aims to bring long-term empty properties, which often attract anti-social behavior such as vandalism and fly-tipping, back into use.

The council offers a number of incentives to encourage people to bring empty homes back in use, including:

  •  Interest-free loans for landlords in selective licensing areas who would like to bring a property back into use, up to £20,000 repayable over ten years.
  • Payment of selective licensing fees if landlords buy an empty property and carry out renovation works using the empty homes loan.
  • A council tax rebate of up to six months if a long-term empty home is brought back into use.

For more details on the Empty Homes Programme, look on www.burnley.gov.uk and search ‘Empty Homes’, or email vacants@burnley.gov.uk or phone 01282 425011 ext 3202 or ext 3188.

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