We are committed to bringing empty properties back into productive use and make every effort to work with owners of such properties by providing advice, guidance and encouragement.
However, where properties are detrimental to an area and cause complaints or concerns for other local residents and all attempts to work with the owner have failed, we will use statutory powers to bring empty properties back into use.
Empty properties open to trespass can be a danger to children and a worry for neighbouring residents. We can pursue the owners to have an empty property secured against unauthorised entry as a short-term measure whilst dealing with the long-term future of the property. Vermin, overgrown gardens and other nuisance issues are also associated with empty properties.
Empty Property Strategy Review September 2008 (PDF 996KB)
Reporting an empty property
You can report an empty residential property online.
Alternatively, you can call us on 01495 235216 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Empty Dwelling Management Orders are the latest legislative tool made available to local authorities to tackle empty private properties. Existing legislation in the form of Compulsory Purchase Orders and Enforced Sales have been and will continue to be used to address problematic empty properties.
Please note, this information does not relate to empty Council housing.
Empty properties and council tax
Empty properties are not automatically exempt from council tax. If you have an empty property and feel that it should be exempt from council tax payments go to our council tax – property exemptions page for further details.
If you own an empty property there are several ways we can assist you to reuse the property:
- Become a landlord
Many properties within the county borough are successfully rented to private tenants either through a letting agent or through private contract. Visit our Private Landlords page for further details.
- Selling the property
If you prefer to sell your property rather than renovate it, local auctions are a good way to attract prospective purchasers. Details of auction companies can be found in the telephone directories.