Owners of empty homes urged to get advice and win a prize


Leeds’ Empty Homes Doctor service is offering empty home owners the chance to win prizes of up £500 towards the cost of bringing their empty properties back into use.

empty homesThe prize draw has been launched as part of this year’s National Empty Homes Week. Owners who get advice from the Empty Homes Doctor will be entered in the draw. The prize money can be spent on product or services which helps bring their empty home back into use – such as building works, carpets, conveyancing or central heating.

Free for empty home owners in Leeds, the Empty Homes Doctor service aims to help tackle Leeds’ empty homes problem by understanding a person’s individual circumstances and providing one-to-one support.

Empty Homes Doctor Gill Coupland said:

“We’ve seen properties staying empty for years because owners can’t afford to get their property to a rentable standard – that’s a real problem when there are still over 6000 long term empty properties in the city. For some owners, money can be a real barrier to putting their home back into use and we hope that winning a prize will give them a helping hand towards putting their property back into use.”

Developed by social enterprise Leeds Empties, the Empty Homes Doctor service is backed by a £100,000 investment from Leeds City Council.

Empty home owners wishing to enter the prize draw should call 0113 200 9383 or email home@leedsempties.org.uk. Full terms and conditions of the competition are available at www.leedsempties.org.uk/prizedraw

Leeds Empties is a social enterprise dedicated to working with empty home owners to bring their properties back into use. Leeds Empties finds positive, engaging and creative solutions to bring properties back into use. It works constructively with home owners, businesses, charities and the local council to tackle Leeds’ empty homes problem. Leeds Empties is run by Social Business Brokers CIC, a Leeds based social enterprise.