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We are currently streamlining our processes, which means when we collect your rent via Direct Debit it will have a new account reference. This does not change the way in which we collect Direct Debits. If you pay between 16th – 22nd of the month your October payment will be taken later than planned.

Empty Property Grants

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The Council has a Private Sector Housing Renewal Policy that offers assistance to landlords and first time buyers who wish to bring a property that has been empty for longer than one year, back into use.

These grants are discretionary and subject to available funds.

Grants for first time buyers

Applications for Discretionary Renovation Grants will be considered to renovate properties that have been empty for over one year. To be eligible for this grant the applicant must be a first time buyer with a mortgage that is over 80%, and savings of less than £7,000.

Grant aid will be 80% of the cost of the works, up to a maximum of £20,000. On completion the property must meet the decent homes standard.

Grants for landlords

The Council will consider applications for Discretionary Landlord's Grants for the renovation of properties or flats above shops that have been empty for at least one year, to bring them back to a condition suitable for occupation.

All grants are subject to the Council's application process, terms and conditions, and the levels of grant aid available.

In exceptional circumstances, the Council may consider giving financial assistance once enforcement action has commenced against an owner.