To consider a revised strategy, targeting long term empty properties and increasing the supply of homes brought back into use (report of the Portfolio Holder - HRA and Private Sector Housing enclosed).
Consideration was given to the report of the Portfolio Holder for HRA & Private Sector Housing which considered a revised strategy, targeting long term empty properties and increasing the supply of homes brought back into use.
That the Empty Homes Strategy be approved.
(Other options considered:
· Do nothing
Reasons for decision:
· The Council sought to adopt a responsive approach to tackling long term empty homes. Bringing homes back into use was vitally important to increase the supply of accommodation available within the district. Whilst it was acknowledged that regionally there had been an increase in the number of empty homes, overall the number of empty homes in South Holland remained comparably low. It was therefore considered that the aims and measures within the revised strategy were proportionate and sustainable.)
Empty Homes Strategy
To target owners of long term empty properties in order to increase the availability of properties to rent or buy and regenerate the area (report of the Housing Landlord Services Manager and the Housing Options Manager).