Harrow Council is helping landlords to bring dilapidated homes back into use – and provide a roof over the head of a family in need.
The Council’s Empty Property Grants team, which works closely with the Council’s tenant- landlord pairing service Help2Let, has grants available to help landlords repair their empty house or flat.
With housing demand on the rise in Harrow, it is vital that as many properties are brought back into use as possible. Examples of things that grants can help with include updating old kitchens and bathrooms, installing and repairing central heating, rewiring and upgrading electrics.
The money can also be spent on introducing Health and Safety features such as child restrictors in windows above first floor, hard-wired smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and banisters on the staircase. They can pay for anything which brings the property up to the government's Decent Homes standard.
There are also larger grants to carry out more extensive work on homes that have stood empty for some time and money is also available to landlords who are converting larger properties into several smaller homes.
With around 5,000 people on the Council’s waiting list and one of the smallest housing stocks in London, there is huge need for Harrow Council to do all it can to meet the growing demand for housing in the borough. Empty property grants are just one solution that the council is pursuing. It also works with housing associations to encourage affordable housing and is looking at disused Council sites where it can begin building much-needed homes.
Harrow Council Portfolio Holder for Housing Cllr Nizam Ismail said:
“Housing is in high demand in Harrow and it is always sad to see empty properties when there are people out there who need a roof over their head.
These grants will help landlords to carry out essential work, saving them money and providing a vital home for a family.”
Landlord Rakha Singh received a grant to renovate a three bedroomed house in Kenton, which had stood empty for 15 years. He said:
“The grant was very useful and the service was excellent, everyone was very helpful.
“The property required a huge amount of work but is nearly finished now and looks very good. I'm looking forward to tenants moving in and making it their home."
People interested in taking up any of our schemes can:
- email firstname.lastname@example.org
- call 020 8424 1096 or 020 8424 1953
The team will be on hand to offer advice about schemes and grants available, and will also arrange to visit the property.