A house which has stood empty in Loughborough for more than 20 years has been refurbished to provide six self-contained flats.
The former care home had become an eyesore and a source of complaints from residents but thanks to work between the owners of the property in Mayfield Drive and Charnwood Borough Council the flats are available to rent privately.
Cllr Paul Mercer, lead member for housing, said: “I am delighted to see this home brought back onto the market – it’s a win-win situation. Working with the property owners, we removed an eyesore and there are more homes available to rent. It also makes more financial sense for the owner.”
“Our empty homes officer, Muhammad Uddin worked with the owners to give them advice and support to refurbish the property and turn it into six, two bedroom flats. This is one of 112 properties in the borough which have been brought back into use as part of our Empty Homes Strategy.
“We’re committed to tackling the issue of Empty Homes across the Charnwood to help ease the pressure of the local housing market and ensure properties don’t become a concern for the community.
Mr Mohammed Tayaib Ali Chowdury, who owns the property, said: “I am pleased that we have finally been able to get the property on Mayfield Drive completed.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Charnwood Borough Council, in particular Muhammad for all the help and support provided in getting this property ready for occupation. I’d also like to acknowledge the hard work of my son Shaz Chowdury who was the driving force behind getting the project finished to such a high standard.
“I would like to thank the neighbours for supporting this project and we will now be moving onto the next phase and get the other two properties we own back onto the market”
Mayfield Drive is one of three properties being bought back onto the market. The next phase will be to refurbish the other two properties in Park Road, Loughborough.
The Council help get empty homes back into use by offering advice and support on what’s best for the property including finding tenants and getting access to discounted selling fees with local agents and auctioneers.
The Council also has grants available to part-fund refurbishments and get properties back into use.
For more information or to report an Empty Home in your local area visit www.charnwood.gov.uk/empty_homes