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Main interventions to bring the empty homes back into use

Empty Homes Loan

We can give the owners of empty homes loans to enable them to bring the properties back in to use. The loan is a maximum of £20,000 but the property must be in one of our Cluster Areas.

A landlord will be eligible for a loan if they are:

  • Accredited through the Good Landlord and Agent Scheme (GLAS) or;
  • Working Towards Accreditation;
  • Licensed through the Council’s Selective Licensing or Mandatory Licensing schemes

This criterion will ensure that re-occupied properties are managed satisfactorily, thoroughly referencing tenants and ensuring that any breaches of tenancy agreements are addressed.

In addition the Landlord’s property must:

  • Be Situated in a “Clusters” area as approved by the Council’s Executive and
  • Require remedial works or requiring works necessary to bring the property up to Decent Home standards including the provision of energy efficiency works and
  • Have been vacant for 6 months or longer and
  • Not been included in a future clearance programme subject to an Executive decision or is in a confirmed clearance area will not be eligible for a loan

The landlord will be required to repay the loan on a monthly basis over a maximum period of 10 years or a shorter period if agreed with the recipient of the loan.

The repayments will be recycled back into the Housing Capital Investment Programme for future intervention to long term empty homes.

A copy of the Empty Home Loan Policy can be downloaded from this page and is also available for inspection at the Council's office.

One applicant for the interest free loan said:

“I’m indebted to Burnley Borough Council for running its Empty Home Loan Scheme which I have been extremely grateful to be able to participate in. It’s allowed a small and struggling landlord like myself to get one of my properties up and running again at a difficult time for me financially. The Scheme was very easy to set up, with a minimum of documents to fill in and lots of help from the Council officers, and the payment to my contractors once the work was completed was really prompt – a first class service!

This is an excellent scheme that I would recommend to anyone who needs help getting their property into a rentable condition again, and being able to spread the payments over ten years really softens the blow and allows you to get back on your feet again without taking one step forward and then two backwards. Well done to the Borough Council for having the good foresight and wisdom to instigate such a worthwhile and helpful initiative to benefit both landlords and the local community.”

Ian Gregory

Small Landlord




Purchase Assistance Loans

We can give people wanting to buy properties in the clusters locations to live in as their main residence purchase assistance loans.

Refurbishing properties 

We refurbish properties, including a number of properties being remodelled (i.e. two in to one).

Partnership work

Housing work closely with several other units across the Council to tackle the problems associated with empty homes e.g. anti-social behaviour, crime and fly-tipping.


Maintaining the general environment and security of the areas


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