Empty Home Given New Lease of Life
The three-bedroom terraced house on Keats Avenue in Highfields was obtained by Stafford Borough Council with a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) after the property had been left abandoned and the owner could not be found.
SARH then purchased the property from the Borough Council in February and spent £50,000 improving it in order to provide an affordable home.
“This is another great example of partnership working with the borough council that has allowed us to turn a rundown property with no benefit to the local community into a modern and affordable family home,” said Karen Armitage, Chief Executive of Stafford and Rural Homes.
“SARH understands that there is a shortage of family accommodation in the Borough so providing more good quality affordable homes in the local area is what we are all about.”
Improvements included a new heating system, kitchen, bathroom and double glazed windows and doors.
The revamp took 10 weeks to complete and the property will be available to let from Monday, June 13.
Councillor Patrick Farrington, cabinet member for community at Stafford Borough Council, said: “We are really pleased to see this house is now ready for a local family to move in to. The state it was in had a detrimental effect on the community but to get the CPO we had to demonstrate extensive attempts were made to find the owner of the property. Those efforts now seem very worthwhile with a family within our community set to benefit.”