Lease & Repair

City West Housing Trust customer Samantha Reeves has moved into the first property to be transformed by a scheme which aims to transform run-down empty homes and bring them back into use.

The mother-of-two works in a nearby call centre and said she decided to look for a new home because the repair work at her previous privately-rented property wasn't getting done.

“I couldn’t wait to move in,” she said. “I’m looking forward to enjoying a home as it should be, a home that’s up to a good standard. It’s near to my family in Peel Green and it’s easier to get to work from here.”

Utilising a £1.9 million grant from the Homes and Communities Agency to tackle the blight associated with empty properties, City West worked together with Salford City Council and has taken on the management and servicing of 110 privately-owned properties which have sat empty for six months or more.

Salford City Council’s Head of Urban Renewal, John Wooderson, said: “With the social housing waiting list in Salford now topping 12,000, the lease and repair programme is a timely and innovative way of bringing empty properties back into use.”