First Time Buyer Empty Homes Grant

First Time Buyer Empty Homes Grant


Sunday 23rd Feb 2020


A new grant of up to £25,000 could be available to first time buyers who meet the criteria and are looking to purchase an eligible property.

The property must have been empty for at least six months or more, be valued within bands A to C for Council Tax purposes and be in need of improvements to bring it up to a suitable standard to be lived in. The grant is to be used to help with the cost of work to bring the property up to standard to be lived in, not towards purchase costs.

Conwy County Borough Council is keen to hear from first time buyers, or from owners of eligible empty properties who think that the scheme could help them sell their property.

Cllr Charlie McCoubrey, Conwy County Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Regulatory, said, “We’re keen to see empty homes brought back into use so that people can have good quality homes to live in. This grant is just one of a number of initiatives that the Council has to help buyers. We appreciate that there are some quite specific criteria in this case, but this grant could help people in the area who are struggling to find their first home and get on the property ladder, as well as bring an empty property back into use.”

The First Time Buyer Empty Homes Grants are provided by Conwy County Borough Council with funding from the Snowdonia National Park. Applications are initially being accepted until 27 April 2020.

For more information about this scheme and other help that might be available, whether you are looking for a home, or thinking about what to do with an empty property, visit the website at https://www.conwy.gov.uk/en/Resident/Housing/Empty-Homes/First-time-buyer-grants.aspx , email housingstrategy@conwy.gov.uk or contact the Housing Strategy Team on 01492 574235.