Giving a new lease of life for empty homes

(l-r) Lea Smith  from Isos, Sharon O'Brien and Rob Peach, from North Tyneside Council, and Dennis Winlow, Isos clerk of works, see work progressing on the East Howdon flat.
(l-r) Lea Smith from Isos, Sharon O'Brien and Rob Peach, from North Tyneside Council, and Dennis Winlow, Isos clerk of works, see work progressing on the East Howdon flat.
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Work is continuing to bring empty homes back into use.

Social landlord Isos Housing is carrying out a £750,000 investment programme in the north east to bring the empty properties into use, including a flat in East Howdon.

The company is working alongside the housing team at North Tyneside Council to bring the flat back into use by tackling damp in the property and renewing fixtures and fittings.

Isos is tackling a further eight empty homes in Wallsend as part of a programme that will bring 15 homes back to life.

Lea Smith, development and regeneration manager at Isos Housing, said: “We build over 200 new affordable homes in the north east each year, but we also know there are existing properties which are standing empty, when they should be housing people currently on waiting lists.

“We know that every time we complete the refurbishment of a property like this, another family will get the chance of a fresh start in a new home.”

Coun John Harrison, cabinet Member for housing, said: “It is essential that we don’t allow houses that could become homes to stand empty and become derelict eyesores for our communities.”

He added: “The work we are delivering with Isos is just one of the ways we can increase the number of affordable homes available for local people.”