Owners of empty properties asked to help tackle housing shortage – South London News

By Toby Porter

Homeowners of empty or under-utilised properties in Kensington and Chelsea are being requested to carry them again into use to assist sort out the borough’s housing scarcity

Kensington and Chelsea council will likely be contacting landlords of empty properties to encourage them to supply the properties to these in want at a subsidised charge – particularly key employees.

City corridor housing officers will even work with landlords to search out tenants and guarantee tenancies are managed correctly.

One out of each 40 properties is recognized as empty in a borough with the best land values in the UK and common home costs of £1.4m.

Officers even have the weapon of the legislation to carry properties again into use.

Councillor Kim Taylor-Smith, Deputy Chief and Lead Member for Grenfell, Housing and Social Funding mentioned: “The paradox of empty properties in a borough with such a excessive degree of housing want just isn’t misplaced on us.

“Key employees have been travelling from throughout London to maintain our important companies going within the pandemic and I might love to have the ability to carry empty properties again into use to offer them a neighborhood housing choice.

“I hope to faucet into the fantastic philanthropy of the borough to attain this, working collaboratively with landlords who could not at present be receiving any lease for his or her properties.

“In extreme circumstances the place landlords refuse to have interaction, we’d like the legislation to assist us and we’ll be asking the federal government to rethink our ask for extra native powers.”

Chris Bailey, Marketing campaign Supervisor with the charity Motion on Empty Houses, mentioned: “In Nationwide Empty Houses Week, it’s nice to see the Kensington and Chelsea persevering with to tackle the problem of empty properties critically.

“Throughout the pandemic, long-term empty properties rose by 20 per cent, whereas 100,000 homeless households look ahead to appropriate properties in non permanent lodging. We hope Authorities will see that it’s time for change.

“The Council is working to make use of the powers and incentives accessible at the moment, however critically additionally it is wanting ahead to the modifications to laws and laws which it and lots of different councils have lengthy campaigned for.”

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