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Empty homes in South Kesteven offered 3,000 grants

Owners of empty homes in Lincolnshire are being offered grants of up to £3,000 to bring them back into use.

South Kesteven District Council said properties must have been empty and unfurnished for six months or more and must be rented out within a year.

Officials said empty homes were a wasted resource and often attracted vandalism and anti-social behaviour.

Surveys are being sent to eligible properties so a picture of the area's suitable homes can be compiled.

South Kesteven District Council's housing options advisor, Toni Plumb, said: "By offering these grants, we are encouraging owners to take the steps needed to turn buildings back into homes for people who need them. It benefits everybody.

"There will be other qualifying criteria which I am happy to explain to anyone who is interested. The grants are per property, not per owner, and they are not means-tested.

"It means if somebody wanted to convert one very large building into a number of homes, they could potentially get a number of grants."

The grants care also be available to people who own disused commercial properties, provided they have relevant permission to convert them into domestic homes, she added.



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