Call for private sector to tackle empty homes

Doncaster Council is looking for partners in the private sector to help reduce empty properties across the borough and wants to commission the private sector to purchase and refurbish empty properties to bring them back into use as affordable housing.

Potential investors are being invited to meet with officers at a Market Day event on Friday 30 September 2011, at 10am-12.30pm, at the Mansion House.

The authority has a wide range of help available for those interested in bringing empty properties back onto the housing market.

This includes financial assistance packages to help return long-term empty homes in priority areas to use, access to over 14,000 potential tenants through our housing waiting list, a management agent service through St Leger Homes – this can include a rent collection service, tenancy checks and information packs, access to a 24-hour repair service, rent management and discounted or free annual safety checks, arrangements for the direct payment of Housing Benefit Allowance, and a bond guarantee scheme for qualifying tenancies.

Councillor Ray Mullis, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “We want to hear from landlords who would be interested in working with us to bring empty properties back into use for social rent.

“This event will be an opportunity for the public and private sectors to explore opportunities to reduce the numbers of empty homes and maximise the housing choice for local people.”

To book a place contact Sarah Cartwright on 01302 737913.