Grants for landlords to renovate empty houses to an acceptable living standard. The property must be empty for a minimum of 6 months, and the property must be available for rent through PSL or the homelessness unit at completion. If you’re interested in this scheme, contact us for further information.
This is an exciting new scheme to improve, renovate and bring back into use redundant buildings within town centre locations in Gwynedd, part of the Welsh Government’s Transforming Towns initiative.
The project aims to target redundant buildings in town centre locations and return them into safe, secure and affordable rented accommodation on the residential market, to ease the burden and current use of B&B accommodation within the homeless sector. Gwynedd Council aims to achieve this through the provision of advice, support and, where applicable, grant aid. In return for a grant under the scheme, properties will be subject to a nomination agreement whereby the Local Authority will use them in connection with rehousing duties owed under the homelessness legislation.
The scheme will operate as a discretionary grant for private individuals. In order to be eligible for consideration, a property must have been unoccupied or unused for a minimum of 6 months as at the point of initial enquiry to the Local Authority. No means test will be applied. Available grant funding will consist of 70% of costs up to max of £20,000. HMOs may receive £10,000 per unit. Conversion grants may receive £15,000 per unit. Conditions remain for 5 years. Property must be made available as PSL or let to a local person on the housing waiting list at a rent comparable to LHA to local people.
In order to ensure that the properties improved under the scheme are affordable for all households (notably those on limited income), rents charged during a 5 year grant condition period will be capped at the relevant Local Housing Allowance. The grant is available for empty properties located in the following.
The grant is available for empty properties located in the following areas:
- Bangor, Caernarfon, Porthmadog, Dolgellau, Y Bala, Nefyn, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Pwllheli, Tywyn, Aberdyfi, Bermo, Harlech, Penrhyndeudraeth, Cricieth, Abersoch, Penygroes, Llanberis, Bethesda.
Please contact the Empty Homes Team for further information: