Liverpool City Council has opened applications for its newly expanded Homes for a Pound Plus scheme.
Following the success of a pilot project involving properties around Granby Four Streets and Arnside Road, the initiative is to be used to transform 150 empty terraced homes off Smithdown Road in Picton.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “Our pilot Homes for a Pound scheme has been hugely popular and is transforming run down properties into beautiful family homes.
“We are now in a position where we are expanding the scheme and are inviting applications from people who meet the criteria and interested in taking part.
“This is a really exciting scheme because this part of Picton is already being transformed through the building of the new Archbishop Blanch High School and nearby developments such as the new Edge Lane Retail Park and Royal Liverpool University Hospital.
“People moving into the area will be an integral part of it becoming a thriving community again.”
The homes targeted as part of the scheme are located in and around Britannia Avenue, Altcar Avenue, Childwall Avenue, Dorset Avenue, Bird Street, Richardson Street, Garrick Street, Tunstall Street and Webster Road.
To apply, people need to meet the following criteria:
• Live or work within the Liverpool City Council boundary
• Be in paid employment
• Be a first time buyer
Additional priority will be given to applicants with dependent children, who have a good credit history and can demonstrate that they have savings to fund the renovation of the property.
Successful applicants will be required to:
• Live in the property for a minimum of five years
• Must refurbish the property to the Decent Homes Standard
• Must comply with an agreed schedule of works
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The scheme will be split into five separate phases based upon condition and geography in order to manage demand.
The city council will carry out remedial works on the properties that are in a particularly poor condition to make sure that they are viable for people to work on.
Although preference will be given to applicants who have savings to fund the refurbishments, the council is looking at a number of options for helping people who do not available capital.
Deputy Mayor, Councillor Ann O’Byrne, said: “This is part of our commitment to bring into use another 2,000 properties in addition to the 1,000 we have already completed and another 1,000 we are tackling.
“Driving up the quality, standard and range of properties in the city is a priority, but we know that Homes for a Pound is not a panacea for dealing with empty homes. It is one of a range of things we are doing in partnership with housing associations and developers to make sure that people wanting to live in the city have a choice of good quality properties to live in, whatever their budget.”
Previous applicants have already been re-contacted to establish if they are still interested in being part of the expanded scheme.