Loans offer for 400 empty homes in Eden

Loans of up to £15,000 are being offered to homeowners to help transform 400 empty homes in an area of Cumbria.

Eden District Council said 392 homes in the district were empty. It is offering the interest-free loans to try to tackle the problem of a lack of affordable housing.

The council said homes were being left derelict because renovation was costly.

After refurbishment work, homeowners will be free to sell or rent out their properties, a council spokesman said.

Councillor Lesley Grisedale said: "Eden is in need of more houses, especially affordable homes.

"We believe that there are a number of empty properties which can be easily reoccupied.

"The council is keen to work with the owners of these properties by giving advice, loans, grants and arranging leasing in appropriate cases."

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