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Empty homes come back into use

Empty homes in Ipswich have been brought back to life to provide affordable homes in the town thanks to a partnership scheme between Ipswich Borough Council and Orwell Housing Association.

The scheme offers eligible home-owners who are willing to lease their empty properties a grant in the region of £14,000 to bring the homes back to use. Orwell Housing Association will renovate, maintain and manage the properties for a fixed term and provide much neededaffordable homes.

Two properties have recently been fully restored and a third is under way, taking properties from very poor condition and giving them a full renovation, which could include a new bathroom and kitchen, installing central heating and an electrical re-wire.

Councillor John Mowles, Housing portfolio-holder, said: “Restoring empty homes is good news for the town and the home-owners, providing additional affordable homes and by generating a monthly income for home-owners.”

Any owner with a home that has been empty for more than three years and who would like to take advantage of the scheme should contact:

Greg Dodds, Orwell Housing Association, tel: 01473 228648 or gregd@orwell-housing.co.uk or Ipswich Borough Council’s Private Sector Housing Team, tel: 01473 433303.

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