Advice days to help bring empty homes back into use

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Cornwall Council has organised an "empty property advice day" in Camborne to help bring long term empty properties back into use.

The event for owners, developers, agents, or anyone who needs help to bring long-term empty properties back into residential use, will run from un from 2pm until 7pm on Tuesday July 9 at Camborne One Stop Shop, Dolcoath Avenue, Camborne.

A second event will also be held on Thursday, July 11 at Liskeard One Stop Shop, Luxstowe House, Greenbank Road, Liskeard.

Advice and information about financial and other assistance will be available, including details of low interest loans of up to £20,000 (per unit of accommodation) towards the cost of renovation works; a repair and lease scheme, and other letting opportunities.

Officers from the council’s empty homes team, planning and building control, as well as Cornwall Housing Ltd and Chapter 1 housing association, will be on hand to help answer queries.

The loan scheme is available to help renovate existing single residential dwellings or those which are suitable for sub dividing into additional units of accommodation, or to convert non-residential empty properties into homes.

Since adopting its Empty Property Strategy in 2010, Cornwall Council says it has helped to bring over 500 empty properties back into use.

Cornwall Council Cabinet member for Homes and Communities Geoff Brown, said: “I urge empty property owners to take advantage of the advice days. We are working hard to increase the supply of homes in Cornwall, and tackling empty properties is a key part of this. With so much assistance available now is the time to bring empty properties back into use, as the help is unlikely to be around forever.”

For further information call te the council’s empty homes team on 01726 223600 or email emptyhomes@cornwall.gov.uk.

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