DDH to transform empty houses

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 (HCA) 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 (DDC), 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.

It’s an innovative scheme which provides more homes for people who need them and benefits communities as empty homes can attract anti-social behaviour.

The funding is part of grant secured by social housing organisation Futures Housing Group, of which DDH is a member.

Elaine Bradbury, board chair 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. This scheme is another way we can address housing demand and improve communities in Daventry.”

DDC leader Cllr Chris Millar said: “We are delighted to support this project, which is one of a number of ways that we can bring empty homes in the district back into use.

“There are also loans available to help landlords to bring their empty homes back into use and I would urge any landlords who want to find out more information to contact our Housing Options team at Daventry District Council on 01327 871100.”