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Home owners may qualify for repairs grant

Contributed by admin on Apr 27, 2004 - 05:20 PM

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HOME OWNERS MAY QUALIFY FOR REPAIRS GRANT

Home owners could get practical and financial help towards the cost of essential repairs to their property.

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<P align=left>Shepway Council is offering funding, through grants and interest free loans, in a bid to help vulnerable people who might not be able to tackle essential repair work and to help improve the state of run-down properties generally.

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<P align=left>Cllr Brian Copping, Cabinet member for Care and Support, said tackling housing standards in the private sector was o­ne of the council’s priorities.

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<P align=left>"We haven’t got a blank cheque and need to target our funding at those people who are most vulnerable and at the worst properties. We are not talking about cosmetic work, but essential repairs like leaking roofs."

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<P align=left>"Improving the quality of our private sector housing stock will not o­nly affect the health and wellbeing of individuals living in a particular property, but will also improve neighbourhoods generally."

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<P align=left>As well as offering limited financial funding, the council will offer practical support through its Home Improvement Agency, Shepway Care and Repair, which can help identify what work needs to be done and advise o­n how to find the right builder.

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<P align=left>People living in private rented accommodation who believe their homes are in serious disrepair or lack basic facilities like hot water are also advised to contact the council, which could ultimately take enforcement action against landlords.

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<P align=left>Anyone who would like more information should contact the council’s Pollution and Housing Team o­n 01303 852 549