Rotherham Council supports Empty Homes Week 2019

Published Monday, 23rd September 2019
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Empty Homes Week 2019 launches nationally today and Rotherham Council is highlighting the support on offer to property owners who have a long term empty property.

Over the past two years there has been a 1.98% increase in the number of empty properties in Rotherham, while this is much lower than the national figure of 5% there are currently 3,350 empty homes with the majority of these being empty for less than 6 months.

The Council works with private owners to bring empty homes back into use and maintain properties whilst they are empty, ensuring that empty houses are well kept and do not pose a risk to public health, and are committed to increasing capacity to work with more to ensure they are making the best use of the housing in the borough.

National charity, Action on Empty Homes, say that the number of empty homes has grown nationally by 5% in the last two years, the fastest rise in a decade with 600,000 homes now vacant. The number of long-term (more than six months) empty homes in England now stands at over 216,000.

Cllr Dominic Beck, Cabinet Member for Housing at Rotherham Council, said: “During Empty Homes Week 2019, we are highlighting the work we do to support individuals and communities who have problems with vacant houses. We understand that there are a number of reasons why a home may become empty and unloved, such as financial difficulties, a change in situation or changes in health and care, but we want to work with empty home owners to make sure they maximise the use out of their properties.

“With increasing demand for housing across the borough, we want to do our best to make sure that residents have a choice of private and social housing opportunities available and by cutting the number of empty houses will make a positive difference.”

To report an empty property, please fill in the online form.