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Get involved in this year's National Empty Homes Week

Published Monday 28 February, 2022
Last updated on Tuesday 1 March, 2022

Homeowners and members of the community can join in this year’s National Empty Homes Week by reporting empty homes in their area to Swale Borough Council or applying for a loan from Kent County Council (KCC) to bring their property back into use.

The annual National Empty Homes Week by charity Action on Empty Homes focuses on bringing back into use the 238,306 long-term empty homes in England, and this year it runs from Monday, 28 February to Sunday, 6 March.

Cllr Ben Martin, cabinet member for housing at the council, said:

“We’ve helped people find the right support and funding to help bring their previously disused properties back into use

“Forty-one properties have been bought back into use in Swale so far this financial year, twenty-two of which are thanks to more than £1 million from KCC’s No Use Empty loan scheme.

“The scheme aims to create sustainable accommodation across Kent by helping landlords, owners and developers bring properties that have been empty for more than six months back into use.

“The loans are interest free, range from £25,000 to £175,000 per applicant and must bring properties back into use via renting or selling.

“We also have a reporting tool on our website for members of the community to report any empty homes in their local area.

“Bringing empty homes back into use helps us meet local housing needs and creates safer and more resilient communities.”

To report an empty home or find out how to bring a property back into use visit www.swale.gov.uk/housing-council-tax-and-benefits/housing/abandoned-properties.