Open and Derelict properties represent a wasted resource that could be better utilised to alleviate homelessness and address housing needs. In addition, there could be both health and safety concerns from the structural decay of properties and their effect on nearby properties.
With increased pressure being placed on local authorities to find housing for people on their housing needs register it is no longer acceptable for residential properties to be vacant for long periods of time. A property that has stood empty for a long period of time can cost its owner up to £5,000 per year, in rent loss, council tax, insurance, dilapidation and security measures. Empty properties are often targets for vandals and are a focus of anti social behaviour. Damage occurring can be extensive and attract complaints from neighbours.
Planning Help Desk
Building Control, Planning and Economic Development, Directorate of Place, 4 Ednam Road, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1HL
Monday to Friday, 8:45 am to 5:00pm, please note that the offices are closed at weekends and Bank Holidays.