Transforming empty homes in the district

Affordable housing provider Daventry and District Housing (DDH) has won funding to turn empty properties in the area back into family homes.

The organisation has secured £60,000 from the Homes and Communities Agency’s Empty Homes programme. It’s the first time DDH will work with private landlords to revamp homes which are currently standing empty.

In close partnership with Daventry District Council, DDH is now working to identify six properties to benefit from the scheme.

DDH will invest in repairs to the properties to bring them to a lettable standard and then manage their letting for the next five years. The private landlord and DDH will receive rental income from the property and at the end of the five years it will be returned to the landlord to manage.

Elaine Bradbury, board chairman at DDH, said: “It’s a waste for homes to be empty when people are in need of quality properties. We’re looking forward to working with private landlords to turn unwanted properties into family homes again.”