Landlords urged to get empty homes back on the market
Published by Daniel Jones
Landlords who are in control of homes that have remained empty for some time are being urged by one council to do all they can to get them back in use as soon as possible.
Stockton Council's Private Sector Housing Team is inviting all property owners in the town to take part in its 2013 Empty Homes Survey, which will aim to find out why abodes are being left without residents and get them back on the market, reports the Northern Echo.
The local authority will collate the data it gains from the survey and use it to provide assistance to property owners in their quest to attract tenants to the homes in question. After all, having as many dwellings on the market as possible is good for councils as it helps them to ease the housing crisis and for landlords as they are able to enjoy a financial return from their investment.
Steve Nelson, cabinet member for housing and community safety at the council, added: "Empty homes can become an eye sore and attract anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping which impact on our communities. That is why we would like to do all we can to support property owners in bringing any empty homes back into use."
Every property owner whose home is currently empty will be written to in the near future and a complete survey will be undertaken. The Private Sector Housing Team is hoping to get as many people to participate in its poll as it can.
There is also the option of filling out the survey online and there are prizes available as an incentive to do so, although the greatest prize of all could be securing a new tenant for a home.
With the UK currently going through a housing crisis as a lack of supply means many families are forced to make do with substandard accommodation, there has never been a greater need to get empty homes back on the rental market.
Published on: September 5, 2013
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