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Gravesend home-owners revamp empty four-bed house with council scheme

PUBLISHED: 09:57 23 November 2016 | UPDATED: 09:57 23 November 2016

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The owners are now looking for tenants

A Gravesend home has been completely refurbished courtesy of a council scheme.

In three months, an empty four-bedroom home in Edwin Street has transformed with a new kitchen and bathroom fitted, along with new radiator a new boiler and even more.

Property owner Devinder Dhami took advantage of a £25,000 loan available from the council under the Kent No Use Empty Scheme.

After the property lay empty for six months, the council got in touch with Mrs Dhami asking what she planned to do with the house in the town centre.

Together with her 36-year-old son, she took advantage of the interest free loan.

Son Andy Dhami, who led the project, said: “Without this loan none of this would have been possible.

“Working with Gravesham council and Kent County Council has been great and the process has been really easy. Both have gone above and beyond to help me get the property to how it is now.”

The family now want to let the mid-terrace property out and are looking for a tenant.

Gravesham has 680 empty properties as of November last year, with less than 200 recorded as empty for six months or longer.

The figures are the lowest among Kent’s boroughs.

Cabinet member for housing, Anthony Pritchard, said: “We’ve been really proactive and this house in Edwin Street is a great example of what can be done if you take up the option of a loan.

“The loan scheme is integral to our service offering and forms part of our general discussion with owners who cite the lack of finance as a reason why their property remains empty.

“However, not everyone accepts our offer opting to finance the works themselves, but we’ve had two previous applications and loans approved of £25k per/unit.”

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