Scottish first for Angus Council

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Angus Council is the first council in Scotland to change an empty property into an affordable home under a government scheme

The council were able to turn a disused former commercial property in Montrose in to an affordable home under the Scottish Government’s Empty Homes Loan Fund.

After being left empty for five years, the property is now a quality one bedroom home for an Angus householder.

The home will be let at an affordable rent for five years which means that those on low incomes, including housing benefit recipients, can take up residence safe in the knowledge that their rent will not significantly increase during this time.

Council housing spokesperson councillor Donald Morrison said: “This is great news for Angus residents.

“Not only will it help us increase the number of affordable homes for rent, it also contributes to the sustainability of our communities by making our streets more vibrant and attractive. We want to make best use of all our assets and we are working with the private sector to assess the suitability and cost-effectiveness of each proposed site.

“This is a great example of the council working successfully in partnership with the private sector and the government to achieve that objective.”

Angus Council received £120,000 from the Scottish Government to provide interest free loans for cash strapped private owners to have renovation work carried out so that their empty properties can be brought into productive use.

The home in Montrose is the first of seven privately owned empty properties being refurbished in Angus for use as affordable housing.