Argyll and Bute’s largest housing association says it’s prepared to offer cash incentives of up to £700 in order to attract new tenants to its empty properties on Bute.
Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) issued a news release this week stating that it has “a number of properties” on the island which are “available for immediate letting”.
The release stated: “Some of our properties also come with a choice of white goods or carpets and on some occasions we can also offer a cash incentive.”
Christine Johnston, ACHA’s director of housing and neighbourhood services, told The Buteman: “Many of the waiting lists for rehousing on Bute show little or no demand for some of our properties with 50 out of the 62 current vacancies being classed as low or no demand. These properties are in good condition, many with new kitchens and bathrooms, but we simply do not have anyone to offer them to.
“As a social landlord, it is not in our, nor our tenants’ interest to have properties lying empty and this is why we are offering some incentives to applicants who become new ACHA tenants as a result of this scheme.
“Our aim is to make ACHA the Landlord of choice on Bute and to bring new tenants and their families into our communities.
“The incentive scheme itself is open to applicants who wish to become ACHA tenants and who qualify for housing through the normal allocations process.
“Prospective tenants can choose carpeting or a selection of ‘white goods’ or, in the case of the cash incentive scheme, payments of up to £700 will be available.
“Payment will be made incrementally over a 14-month period.”