Empty homes help is on hand

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DONCASTER Council is offering help and advice to bring empty properties back into use.

Whether it’s a home at risk of becoming repossessed, an empty house on a street or a property a private landlord is struggling to rent out - the council team will be on hand to help at an information stall they are holding in the town centre next week.

Information, advice and support will also be available on the day for anyone who is having difficulties making their mortgage repayments or is actually facing repossession.

The authority has a number of initiatives to help owners of empty homes such as a free tenant finding service, a property management service through St Leger Homes, help to advertise an empty home and offer advice to landlords.

There is also an empty property grants pot of up to £12,000 and Empty Property Loans are on offer between £2,000 and £30,000.

Sarah Johnson, of the council’s private sector housing team, said: “If you have an empty property, or a property in danger of becoming empty, in Doncaster please come and see us. If you know where there is an empty house, but you don’t actually own it, still call in. We may be able to get in touch with the landlord or owner and help them turn it into a home that someone needs.”

The team will be at Clock Corner on Tuesday, July 3, between 10am and 4pm.

Alternatively ring the Empty Homes Hotline on 01302 862031 or email housing.standards@doncaster.gov.uk