The vacant property provider Orbis Protect and energy supplier E.on have joined in partnership to tackle the shortage of housing in the UK, by bringing empty homes back in use.
With over 600,000 homes empty in the UK and over 200,000 of which have been declared long-term empty properties. The scheme offers help to owners of properties that haven’t been lived in from anywhere between six months to 10-15 years. It will also Provide will provide specialist clearance and cleaning of any empty properties, externally and internally.
“There are a number of reasons why private property owners leave homes empty and there are varying conditions and states of repair that we can help with. Sometimes people feel there is too much to do, they don’t have the time or the skills to bring the property up to standard. With our level of expertise, we can tackle anything from major clearance and cleaning, to vital safety checks.”Guy Other, CEO of Orbis Protect
Orbis Protect has a skilled and experienced team already working with a number of social housing providers and deals with 100,000 empty properties each year. While making thorough checks, Orbis will also make sure the properties are safe and accessible for other service providers in order to bring the houses back to a decent standard.
E.ON is offering a free survey to private owners of empty properties to establish what is needed to bring the property back up to standard and once complete. While the Housing Solutions Manager of E.ON ‘Andrew Angus’ states.
“Although we have been doing this for many years working, within the social housing and commercial sectors, it’s a skill we are easily able to transfer to private properties and we are really pleased to be working with E.ON and the council on this pilot scheme.”Andrew Angus, Housing Solutions Manager