Social enterprise given £100,000 to tackle issue of city’s empty homes

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A cash injection of £100,000 could bring some of the city’s empty properties back into use.

Leeds City Council has pledged the funds for Leeds Empties, a social enterprise committed to getting empty homes reoccupied.

The group plans to use the investment to expand its “Empty Home Doctor” service – an intensive one-to-one support system for owners of empty homes wanting to get their property back on the market.

Funds will also help them develop their website and find new ways to bring empty homes back to life.

More than 5,000 homes in Leeds have been empty for more than six months, according to Leeds Empties.

Rob Greenland said: “Our Empty Homes Doctor will be offering one-to-one support to owners of empty homes who aren’t sure what to do next. We’ll also be working out how to get more investment into green refurbishment of empty properties, which will help lift more people in Leeds out of fuel poverty.

“There are lots of people and organisations in Leeds who want to help to turn empty properties into homes. So we’ll be working hard over the next 12 months to continue to engage a wide range of people in bringing empty homes back into use.”