Where does the funding for the Empty Homes Incentive Grant come from?

In 2012 we secured funding from the Department of Communities and Local Government to reduce the number of properties that were empty for six months or more in four areas of the city. The scheme was extended across the city in 2015.

Who can apply for an Empty Homes Grant?

Homeowners and landlords can apply for the grant for a property that has been empty for at least six months.

What can I spend the grant on?

The grant must be used to bring the property up to the Newcastle Housing Accreditation Scheme standards.

Who can live in the house when the work is finished?

Once the work is finished you, a family member or a private tenant can live in the property. Funding is not available to renovate the property to sell it on.

Can I get a grant to fix up a spare room to rent out?

No. The whole property must be empty to be eligible for an Empty Homes Grant.

You may be able to get help from a Helping Hands Home Repair loan.  You can find our more at www.careandrepairnewcastle.co.uk

If I get a grant will the Council carry out the work?

No. If you application is successful you will need to find your own contractor to carry out the works.

Can I get a grant for an empty commercial property?

We offer conversion grants of up to £10,000 to convert commercial properties that have been empty for six months or more into self-contained residential units. We do not offer grants to convert properties into bedsits.

Can I get a grant for work that needs doing to my home?

The Empty Homes Grant is only available for properties that have been empty for six months or more.

If you are a home owner you may be able to get a Helping Hands Home Repair Loan to help you pay for essential repairs to your property.  You can find our more at www.careandrepairnewcastle.co.uk

Why do landlords not have to pay the money back?

Empty Homes Grants are an incentive to encourage landlords to renovate their properties. Most need to spend more than the amount of the grant to bring their property up the Newcastle Housing Accreditation Scheme standards. We can also offer an additional loan of up to £15,000 which needs to be repaid.

Can I get a grant and do the work myself?

Yes, but we will only pay a grant for the cost of the materials and not your time if you do the work yourself.

Will you check that the work has been done properly?

Our Home Improvement Officer will inspect the property to make sure it meets the Newcastle Housing Accreditation Scheme standards.

What can the Council do about empty houses if the owner isn’t interested in renting them out?

If a property is causing a problem the Council can take enforcement action to make the property safe and secure.

If a property is in good condition and not causing any problem we are limited in what action we can take.

I already have tenants but the house doesn’t meet the Newcastle Housing Accreditation Scheme standards. Can I apply for a grant?

No. It is your responsibility to maintain your property. If there is a health and safety issue the Council’s Environmental Health Team may serve notice on you to carry out the repairs needed to make the property safe.