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Empty Homes Loan Scheme

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Do you own an empty property and has it been empty for more than six months?

Under the council's empty homes loan scheme, owners of suitable empty properties can apply to the council for a loan to repair or convert their property to a standard suitable for providing temporary accommodation for families in housing need.

Your property will be leased through the council's Private Sector Leasing Scheme (PSL) and the council will collect the rent on the property as repayment of the loan until which time it has been paid off. You can then either continue renting your property through the council or have it returned to you.

There are many families in the New Forest in need of a home and bringing an empty property back into use provides a win-win situation for all.

Example of a loan

 Property size

 Amount loaned

 Repaid at
 PSL rent level

 Months needed 
 To repay loan

 Minimum lease length 
 required

 2 bed

 £10,000

 £500pcm

 20 months

 2 years *

 2 bed

 £20,000

 £500pcm

 40 months

 4 years *

 3 bed

 £10,000

 £580pcm

 17 months

 2 years *

 3 bed

 £20,000

 £580pcm

 34 months

 3 years *

*Owner will receive rent after the loan has been repaid. He/she will also be encouraged to renew the PSL Agreement after the initial Agreement has expired.

If you have an empty home and are interested in the loan scheme call 023 8028 5126 or email strategic.housing@nfdc.gov.uk

Updated: 23 Nov 2014
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