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Empty Properties

Long term empty properties are a wasted resource for both the owners and the community.

They can be a target for anti social behavior including vandalism, arson and squatting. Their gardens can quickly be over-run with litter and other rubbish.

Empty properties could be costing owners around £6,000 a year in lost income, security charges, council tax and insurance. They often suffer from reduced sale values due to deterioration of the building fabric and reduce the value of neighbouring properties in the community.

What can we do?
We are committed to tackling the problem of empty properties in the region and support property owners to help bring homes back into use and we have a dedicated Empty Property Officer who can help owners of empty properties bring them back into use.

How we can help you
Help letting or selling a property – we can advise you on:

  • choosing an agent to manage the letting of your property,
  • sell the property through an estate agent or 
  • selling your property through an auction house. 

If you are considering privately letting your property we may also be able to assist you with finding a suitable tenant.

  • Help and advice renovating a property – we can advise you of the standards and requirements of property being renovated for letting purposes.
  • Advertising property to let or for sale – we can advertise property for sale or let on the Empty Property pages of our websites - details coming soon.
  • Matching Service – we have a list of organisations that are looking to bring empty properties back into use. You can use this service if you are looking to sell, lease or let your property.

Did you know? 
A property that has been empty for over 2 years could qualify for a reduction in VAT to 5% on renovation works to bring the property back into use. Properties empty for over 10 years could qualify for a reduction in VAT to 0% on renovation works!

What else can we do?
We are keen to help empty property owners recycle their properties back into use, but where owners refuse or are unable to bring properties back into use we can consider the use of more formal enforcement measures, particularly where the property is causing nuisance.

  • Enforced Sale – owners who owe us money can be made to sell empty houses, usually through an auction. We will recoup monies owed leaving the remainder of the sale proceeds to the owner.
  • Empty Dwelling Management Orders – we take over management of a house for up to 7 years, carrying out any refurbishment required before letting the house out.
  • Compulsory Purchase – if an owner continually refuses to cooperate and it is in the public interest, then we can take ownership of a property to ensure it is put back into use. The owner receives compensation for loss of the house.

We are eager to speak to owners of empty properties and may be able to offer advice and assistance, if you own an empty property we
would be grateful if you could complete the attached survey

Report an Empty Property
You can report a property that has been empty for over 6 months by  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. our Empty Property Officer or telephoning 01246 217834.

Developers
If you are a developer interested in purchasing and/or developing empty properties please register your interest and the Empty Property Officer will contact you.

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