A council says grants of up to £10,000 are available to landlords to refurbish homes which could ensure vulnerable people in the area have a roof over their heads.
Wigan council wants to form partnerships with landlords owning one bedroom apartments, self-contained flats or studios in the area.
Grant funding is available via the Greater Manchester Next Steps Accommodation Programme to bring the property up to lettable standard.
An all-inclusive management package is available via the council’s so-called ‘Ethical Lettings Agency’ with a guaranteed monthly income on offer - regardless of whether the property is occupied or not.
Councillor Terry Halliwell, leading on housing issues on the council, says: “Every long-term empty home in the borough is a wasted resource so we want to work closely with landlords who can support this important need.
“Now is the perfect opportunity to build on all the good work that has taken place during the pandemic to help vulnerable people secure a place they can call home.”
"Wigan council is keen to work with empty homeowners and help them bring their home back into use with advice and financial assistance for refurbishments available.”
Agreements to provide properties are needed by March 31 and refurbishment works must be complete with the property handed over on a lease by June 30.
Bespoke tenancy support will be provided with the homes.
Landlords can get in touch with the Ethical Lettings team to discuss via 01942 489 204.
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