Empty Properties

Bring an empty property back into the market

Page last updated at 25 August 2017 at 15:42

Empty Homes

An empty property is a wasted asset. By bringing properties back into use, owners get an income, properties don't stand empty deteriorating and local residents don't have to put up with the problems that empty homes attract, such as petty crime and vandalism.

Our Empty Property Strategy was adopted in March 2011 with the aim of providing advice and assistance to the owners to help bring their empty property back into use.

We are working hard to reduce the number of empty homes in the Borough by offering owners assistance in several ways, including:

  • advice on how the property can be best be re occupied , including financial assistance (find out more)
  • leasing the property to Vivid Housing Association from whom you would receive a regular income (find out more)
  • discussing our rent bond scheme and providing you with lists of prospective tenants if you want to manage the property yourself

We firstly try and work with the owner of the empty property, helping them to bring the property back into use, whether for sale, to rent or to move into themselves. However, if it is apparent that an owner has no intention of bringing their property back into use we have a number of powers to force the property back into use with the cost of any action taken by us passed back to the owner.

If you are the owner of an empty dwelling in the Borough and would like help to bring it back into use please contact us by telephone on 023 8068 8329  

If you are aware of an empty property that you feel needs action please complete the online form