This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 14/09/2018.
How Croydon Council is turning derelict houses into council homes
The two properties had been left empty for a combined 30 years.
Two big privately-owned houses which both stood derelict for more than 15 years are about to become new homes for council tenants after major renovation projects.
A three-bedroom house in Coulsdon has been extended to become a large four-bedroom property, and a four-bedroom house in Purley has been transformed into four two-bedroom properties.
The Purley home, in Foxley Lane, had been empty since 2002 when the owner emigrated to Brazil, and work was carried out after the council received complaints from neighbours about vandalism and fly-tipping.
The Coulsdon house, in Chaldon Way, had been empty since 2001, and over the next decade, it developed major problems such as a rat infestation and plus overgrown gardens.
Both properties are still privately owned, however, the leasehold for the Purley development is being managed by Croylease, a letting scheme for landlords at Croydon Council.
The lease at the property in Chaldon Way is held by Cromwood Social – a council-approved registered social housing provider.
The council is in the process of allocating the homes to families on the housing waiting list.