Empty Homes

  1. Bringing empty homes back into use (You are here)
  2. Advice and guidance for empty property owners
  3. Options for bringing your empty property back into use

Bringing empty homes back into use

There are two types of empty homes, transitional and problematic.

Transitional empty homes are properties which have been empty for less than six months. These properties tend to be brought back into use quickly through either sale or being let. As these properties tend not to cause problems the Council has no intention or need to get involved with the majority of them.

Problematic empty homes on the other hand, are properties which have stood empty for six months or more and show little to no prospect of being brought back into use without some form of intervention.  The Council recognises that these properties can cause blight, as such our intention is to help bring them back into occupation to help make our neighbourhoods cleaner, greener and safer.

In addition we aim to bring empty properties back in to use by providing empty homes owners with information, advice and assistance.

The Council also aims to:

  • Support community groups who are seeking advice to bring empty properties in their local areas back into use
  • Explore opportunities and encourage investment from public and private funders
  • Tighten up on enforcement practices to bring empty properties back into use

If you wish to report an empty property that is not secure, has rubbish piling up or is making the area unattractive, then contact the Council’ s Empty Property service by completing the online form. 

Report an Empty Property

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