Empty Homes Grant

Last Updated: 3 February 2022

A grant of up to £20,000 is available for owners of empty homes who have properties that meet all of the following requirements:

  • are a one, two or three bedroom house
  • in Council Tax bands A, B or C
  • in one of the following areas:
    • Kendal
    • Ulverston
    • Grange-over-Sands
    • Kirkby Lonsdale
    • Staveley (Ings)
    • Milnthorpe

The grant is to help empty home owners to repair their properties so they can rent out the home to people in priority housing need. The maximum grant is £20,000, but under the terms of the scheme you can add up to another £20,000 yourself if repairs cost more than the grant.

We work in partnership with South Lakes Housing, a local housing association, who will manage the repairs process for you.

Managing the tenancy

South Lakes Housing will also manage the tenancy, taking the hassle out of being a landlord. You will receive the regular rent less a 10% management fee.

The tenant will pay their own Council Tax, utilities bills and household contents insurance. You pay for buildings insurance and annual gas safety checks.

Grant conditions

The standard grant period is five year, but you will have an option to ‘exit’ the scheme after two, three or four years, with a percentage payback of the grant.

At the end of the grant period, you can then choose what you want to do with the property. You may want to keep the same tenants, sell the property or use it for something else.

For more information about the grant contact our Empty Homes Officer, details are listed below.