Hastings Borough Council supports Empty Homes Week

Cllr Forward at a property in Hastings acquired by the council with CPO
Cllr Forward at a property in Hastings acquired by the council with CPO

The council has given its backing to Empty Homes Week.

The campaign highlights the issue and promotes work being undertaken to bring privately owned empty properties back into use.

The week runs from Sunday (November 22) to Sunday, November 29.

Councillor Kim Forward, the council’s lead member for housing, said: “We are proactive in our approach to the problem of empty homes and have a dedicated team tackling the issue. During the last two years, over 100 empty homes have been brought back into use as a result of their actions.

“The council has used its power to issue 70 compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) on empty homes in the town; a CPO is only ever used as a last resort.

“This year we took possession of two derelict long-term empty homes bringing the total to four possessions in recent years, and we are set to take possession of a further two similarly long-term empty homes by the end of this year.

“We believe it’s unacceptable to leave property empty for an unreasonable amount of time when housing demand is so high in Hastings.

“Many of our residents are searching for a decent home and this is why we adopted our policy of pursuing CPOs where necessary.

“Financial assistance is available to property owners in the form of subsidised interest repayments on loans and the council is also working with other organisations to deliver the purchase of empty homes and repair grants in conjunction with a leasing scheme.”

If you need to bring an empty home back into use contact the empty homes hotline on free phone 0800 085 8967 or report an empty home by using the online reporting form at www.hastings.gov.uk/emptyhomes

For further information about Empty Homes Week visit www.emptyhomes.com

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