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Case Study – Homes For Good – Using empty homes work to make a difference to communities

This flat had been empty for 6 months after the previous tenant moved out. It fell into disrepair after the owner moved away from the area and struggled to finance repairs. The Empty Homes Manager at Homes for Good visited the property and spent time with the owner to explore their options. They couldn’t afford repairs to bring it up to lettable standard and, after assessment, it wasn’t a candidate for Homes For Good’s rent ready scheme.

The owner had found the process of dealing with their empty property very difficult and the Empty Homes Manager’s sensitive approach helped them consider other options. They thought sale on the open market wasn’t an option due to outstanding mortgage and debt. After talking things through the owner requested a final settlement figure from their lender and this allowed an informed decision to be made. The owner then opted to proceed with sale on the open market and the Empty Homes Manager was able to provide a list of local estate agents and assist with a warm handover to their chosen agent. 

The property required extensive renovation to bring it up to standard but it was sold on the open market and it is hoped the new owner will be in a position to bring it back into use.

The owner was extremely thankful for the support she received from Homes for Good’s Empty Homes Manager.