Mayor Anderson said: “Empty properties are wasted homes and can cause a range of problems that impacts on the environment and value of neighbouring properties.
“We’ve made huge strides in bringing down the number of long term vacant properties in recent years and this matchmaking service is part of a new approach to stimulate the market and create even more new affordable homes for families.”
Councillor Frank Hont, Cabinet Member for Housing, added: “We are regularly approached by investors enquiring about empty homes in the city so we know the demand is there.
“A lot of effort will be going into making this pilot scheme work, with an empty homes loan being looked into, because it has the potential to make even more progress in breathing new life back into communities blighted by this issue.”
The free matchmaking service, launched from today, has been designed to be a simple step by step service.
All empty home owners have to do is complete a property information form, the details from which will be shared via email to more than 100 investors already registered on the council’s database.
Owners of an empty property wishing to register for the scheme, or if you are interested in purchasing an empty property in the city, should email Emptyhomes@liverpool.gov.uk
Long term vacant property turnarounds – Liverpool’s “super six” schemes:
Granby – 90 properties brought back into use
Marwood Towers, Everton – 53 properties brought back into use
Homes for a Pound – Anfield and Wavertree – 40 properties brought back into use
Welsh Streets, Toxteth – 35 properties brought back into use – (see pic attached).
Anfield Village – 25 properties brought back into use
Arnside Road, Edge Hill – 20 properties brought back into use