Barnsley Council bring empty homes back to life - making a house a home

Barnsley Council is happy to announce that it has been able to force the sale on four long-term problematic properties in Old Town, Kingstone & Goldthorpe bringing them back into use - thanks to the hard work of its Empty Homes team.

This is the first time the council has carried out this type of action and the team is actively working with other colleagues and partners to bring other empty properties back into use.

Properties can end up empty for a number of reasons depending on the owner’s personal circumstances. The role of the Empty Homes team is to work with these property owners, local communities and other stakeholders to make better use of empty properties throughout the borough - contributing to the much needed supply of housing.

A dedicated Empty Homes officer joined the team in May and since then, owners of empty properties have been supported in a number of ways, including:

  • advice on how to be a good landlord and support in providing housing at an adequate standard
  • purchasing empty properties to bring back into use as council stock
  • providing financial assistance to refurbish the empty property
  • offering a guaranteed rent through a leasing scheme in partnership with housing charity Humankind

The Empty Homes team will be holding an empty homes drop-in session at Barnsley Library, outside the cafe, on Saturday 27 October, 10am to 12noon. They will be providing advice, support and answering any questions – all empty property owners are encouraged to pop along for a chat.

For further information about how the council can help empty home owners, please visit: http://www.barnsley.gov.uk/empty-homes or email the team at: emptyhomes@barnsley.gov.uk

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