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Calling all landlords with empty homes

[Thursday 2 August 2012]

Photo - View of Ilfracombe.

Have you got a property to let? If so, North Devon Council would like to hear from you.

Landlords of empty two and three bedroom homes in Barnstaple and Ilfracombe are being encouraged to come forward to help people in housing need. In return, the owners will receive a guaranteed rental income.

Executive Member for Housing, Cllr Faye Webber, says: "Young, local families who are homeless need your help until alternative accommodation can be found. In particular, there is a real need for these sized properties in Barnstaple and Ilfracombe. So I would encourage anyone with an empty flat or house to please get in contact with us. You will be helping someone in real need of accommodation and you'll also be earning an income from your empty home."

The property must be in a good condition, with adequate heating and be unfurnished. If you agree to lease your property to the council, you will be provided with:
  • a competitive rental income, paid quarterly in advance
  • guaranteed rental income for the lease period - even if the property is empty
  • a fixed term lease of between one and three years
  • no management fee
  • guaranteed vacant possession of the property and in a good state of repair and decoration (excluding fair wear and tear)

The request for landlords to come forward follows the adoption on Tuesday 17 July of the council's Empty Homes Policy. This aims to bring more homes back into use, with an estimated 500 properties in the district believed to have been empty for the last 12 months. That's despite more than 2,800 people currently on the housing register in North Devon.

If you would like more information about this latest scheme, or would like an officer to view your empty property and assess its suitability, please contact Chay McKenzie in the Housing Options Service on 01271 388362.

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