Private sector housing renewal
Changes to a council policy dealing with improving private sector housing are
expected to be approved at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday (17 June).
Local authorities consider all housing conditions in their area and are
required to help households who do not have the necessary resources to keep
their homes in good repair.
New initiatives within this updated policy include an Energy Efficiency loan
product, to help deliver gas infill in communities across Flintshire. The focus
of the Council’s energy efficiency programme 2014-15 will see 233 council
properties in Aston and Mostyn connected to mains gas and the Council is keen
to provide a loan offer to private homeowners in the area which would encourage
other residents to connect.
The introduction of the Welsh Government Property Improvement Loan Scheme is
another new project that would make loans available to both owner occupiers and
private landlords to make essential improvements to their properties.
New conditions for loans given for empty homes support will also be included in
the policy and will mean owners must consent to the property being managed by
the Council’s chosen social lettings agency for a minimum of two years for a
loan and five years where a grant has been provided.
Councillor Helen Brown, Cabinet Member for Housing said: “All these initiatives
within the policy are designed to help residents improve their living
conditions as far as is possible with the money available. It’s about giving
local people a better quality of life and adhering to quality standards in all
sectors not just council houses.”