Harrow Council is working with private landlords to bring empty properties in the borough back into use to ensure residents have access to decent homes.
The Council is supporting landlords with advice, industry expertise, renovation grants and a council letting scheme.
Portfolio Holder for Housing, Cllr Bob Currie said: “With a limited amount of social housing available in the borough and a growing list of people who need our support, we have had to come up with new ways to make sure houses become available. By working with private landlords in the area to help them bring previously empty or derelict houses into use for our tenants, we are providing much needed quality housing.”
Harrow landlord Peter Brammerrecently brought two houses empty for over a year back into use witht he council’s help.
He says: “As a landlord I have to commit to leasing the house to a council nominated tenant for five years, or pay back the grant money.”
The empty homes grant used by the landlord in this case is funded by the GLA, secured via a bid by West London Housing Partnership.