'Without fund this house will deteriorate and lie empty'
A new scheme aimed at bringing some of England's 710,000 empty homes back into residential use has been launched.
The National Empty Home Loans Fund is meant to tackle the country's housing shortage.
In a joint initiative between the charity Empty Homes, Ecology Building Society, central government and around 40 local authorities, the scheme will provide loans to owners of empty properties to help bring them back into affordable use.
County Durham letting agent Andrew Marshall gave the BBC a tour of a typical dilapidated empty house.