Council cut time on empty properties

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THE time in which council properties remain empty in North Lanarkshire have been dramatically cut over the past three years.

The average re-let time has been cut from 62.5 days to just 26.7 days during that period.

This follows a range of targeted initiatives by the council’s housing service to ensure properties are in a good living condition meaning people wait less time to move into these homes.

Currently, up to 3,200 properties are identified as becoming void each year across North Lanarkshire.

Councillor Sam Love, convener of housing and social work services, said: “We want to

provide high standard accommodation for use in the shortest possible time.

“Tenants moving in can be assured that their new homes will meet Scottish Housing Quality Standards and that we have carried out full gas and electric safety checks, all fixtures and fittings will be fully operational, the property will be fully cleaned, free from defects and be safe and secure.

“And to further improve our service, empty properties will also be refurbished to include

improved decorative and floor finishes.

“A six month trial will take place in the Wishaw and Shotts areas, and if this proves successful, will be introduced across all areas of North Lanarkshire.”