Cllr Craig Middle with Margaret and Phillip Caddy and Housing officer Owain Griffiths
An empty property in Tonypandy has been turned into a home, thanks to a loan scheme administered by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council.
The Houses into Homes scheme, funded by the Welsh Government and administered by the Council’s Housing Strategy and Standards team, gives local people the opportunity to obtain an interest-free loan towards renovation work on empty buildings.
Margaret and Phillip Caddy obtained a loan for £18,000 for renovation work at a house they own in Thomas Street, Tonypandy.
"The house had belonged to an elderly lady and was uninhabitable when we bought it. It needed a lot of work," explained Margaret.
"We heard about the scheme through the Rhondda Cynon Taf Landlords’ Forum. We were pleased to receive the loan, which we don’t have to pay back for three years."
The house has had extensive renovation work including a new felt roof, damp proofing, a new kitchen, plastering throughout and central heating. It is now being rented to a tenant.
A total of 15 empty properties across Rhondda Cynon Taf have had renovations funded by the scheme over the past year contributing to the creation of 30 additional homes. The loan scheme is a recyclable fund and as such there is funding available to provide further loans up to £25,000 per property. The Council is keen to receive further applications from interested owners and to continue to work in partnership to bring empty properties back into use.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Cabinet Member for Social Justice, Cllr Craig Middle said: "The Council is continuing to take action to help restore and regenerate empty properties so they can be used as accommodation for residents, which supports and regenerates our communities.
"I am pleased that this empty property renovation loan scheme is continuing to give local people the opportunity to transform vacant properties into homes."
For more information on the scheme, please contact the Housing Strategy and Standards Team 01443 425001.