Canterbury increasing housing prospects by targeting empty properties

Contributed by editor on Dec 06, 2018 - 11:05 AM


A total of 20 empty homes have been brought back into use across the district by Canterbury City Council over the past 12 months.

It represents 25 per cent of the 82 empty properties on the list that the council is actively investigating.

Officers from the Private Sector Housing team identified 1,025 empty properties of which 786 have been investigated by officers.

A total of 704 properties were either occupied, were up for sale or rent, were being refurbished or were mobile homes or caravans. A further 239 are waiting to be investigated.

Vice Chairman of the Community Committee, Cllr Joe Howes, said: “Empty homes are a waste of valuable housing resource and can become a real nuisance to those living nearby. Bringing properties back into use is a priority for the council and it is just one of a number of things we’re doing to tackle the growing housing need within the district.”

Cllr Howes added: “Over the coming months, the team will continue to investigate the remaining properties.

“The team will also start to tackle the more challenging cases using appropriate enforcement powers where needed.”

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