Private landlords in Nottingham are seen as central figures in a new scheme to clean up the city, it has emerged.

According to the Nottingham Evening Post, Broxtowe borough council is offering money to owners of out-of-use properties to try and get the homes to a standard where tenancy agreements can be made and people can move in.

Grants of £10,000 are on offer to private landlords whose homes have been empty for three years, so they can make the relevant updates and provide residences fit for tenants.

David Gell, private sector housing manager at the local authority, said: "The council is keen to encourage empty homes to be brought back into use. They become a blot on the map [and] they can bring neighbouring properties down."

Nottingham has thousands of students to cater for due to the two large universities located in the city.

Landlords looking to fill their homes may be able to tap into this particular market, which exists in the area due to the presence of the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University.

Written by Mark Garner

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