MAGENTA Living is bringing empty homes back into use with a programme of repairs and improvements.
The refurbishment works means that homes which have been empty for over six months, and have fallen into disrepair, are receiving a much needed makeover and are back on the market for rent and sale.
The programme sees a range of improvements carried out, which may include new kitchens and bathrooms, new windows and doors, plastering, re-wiring, decoration and new central heating systems.
The renovated property is then either put on the market for sale, or offered for rent at 80% of market rent on behalf of the original landlord.
Magenta Living has just completed a property on Claughton Road, Birkenhead, which was visited by Councillor George Davies, the borough’s cabinet member for neighbourhoods, housing and engagement, which will be let at 80 per cent market rent.
The refurbishment work was carried out by Community Investment Company Access 2 Training and Employment which used six apprentices from across the Wirral working with qualified tradespeople to learn skills such as plastering and plumbing.
Cllr Davies said: “I am delighted to see Magenta Living bringing homes back into use, particularly with the additional benefit of training young people as part of the refurbishment.
“There is a real need for both homes for sale and rented properties across the Wirral and ‘lease and repair’ is helping to address that.”