Grant to council will bring empty homes to life

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Angus Council has secured more than £400,000 from the Scottish Government Empty Homes Loan Fund.

The cash will be used to help bring 24 privately owned empty properties back into use across the area, including seven empty flats in Arbroath.

The scheme offers interest free loans for private property owners to make essential repair and improvements to enable empty homes to be brought up to standard.

As part of the arrangement, the homes will be let as affordable housing for at least five years, while the loan is repaid. 

The money will be used for three projects with project one the refurbishment of seven individual privately owned properties across Angus.

The second project will see the renovation of renovate seven empty flats in Arbroath, in partnership with a private developer while project three is to restore and redevelop an empty building in Kirriemuir.

However, there is still scope to identify some limited additional properties which could be suitable for the project.

If you own an empty home and need financial help to bring it back into use, please contact the council at Strategic Housing, Neighbourhood Services, William Wallace House, Orchardbank, Forfar, DD8 1WH or contact 01307 476376.