Angus Council has secured more than £400,000 from the Scottish Government Empty Homes Loan Fund to help bring 24 privately owned empty properties back into use across Angus.
The scheme offers interest free loans for private property owners to make essential repair and improvements to enable empty homes to be brought up to standard.
As part of the arrangement, the homes will be let as affordable housing for at least five years, while the loan is repaid.
The money will be used for three projects: Project One: to help refurbish seven individual privately owned properties across Angus. Project Two: to renovate seven empty flats in Arbroath, in partnership with a private developer. Project Three: to restore and redevelop an empty building in Kirriemuir providing 10 new flats.
Councillor Donald Morrison, Angus Council’s convener of neighbourhood services said: “Increasing the number of affordable homes for rent is a priority for the council, and a common sense and cost effective way of doing this is by making the most of our existing housing stock and ensuring that all empty buildings are brought back into productive use.”
The council is currently putting the finishing touches to Project One, and working with a number of owners to finalise the details of how the scheme will benefit their empty homes. However, there is still scope to identify some limited additional properties which could be suitable for the project.
If you own an empty home and need financial help to bring it back into use, please contact the council at Strategic Housing, Neighbourhood Services, William Wallace House, Orchardbank, Forfar, DD8 1WH, Tel: 01307 476376, or visit www.angus.gov.uk and search for empty homes.