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Oldham Council is working in partnership with Homes England, to buy empty Oldham homes and bring them back into use.

The scheme aims to provide new affordable, social housing and stop empty homes going to waste.

It has renovated homes on Aldred Street, Failsworth, and Brewerton Road, Salem, with the purchase of a property in Waterhead due to complete.

The council is now calling for more owners to come forward so it can replicate the scheme in other areas.

Cllr Hannah Roberts, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: 

“There are over 1,100 privately-owned empty homes across the borough, many which have not been lived in for years and have fallen into disrepair.

“At the same time there are families with nowhere to live. Bringing these homes back into use is a win-win for everyone.

“It releases owners of the burden of an unviable home, the renovation creates jobs and income for local businesses, it removes what is often an eyesore for the local neighbourhood, and most importantly, it gives someone a much-needed new home.”

“We know this scheme works and has multiple benefits for residents and the local economy – which are crucial in supporting Oldham’s recovery from the pandemic.”