Empty homes are a wasted resource and we are committed to tackling privately owned empty homes by working with & providing support to owners, with a view to bringing their properties back to use. Empty home owners can potentially lose an average £7-8000 per year by leaving their properties empty.
If you are the owner of an empty home and need help or advice to bring it back to use, please contact us.
If you know of a privately owned residential property standing empty, then please let us know, contact our Empty Homes Officer on 01384 815118.
This scheme is specifically for owners of long term empty properties, to help bring about re-occupation through the provision of technical advice & financial assistance. Owners must be willing to repair their properties to meet the decent homes standard. Assistance is available where the property is to be owner occupied (subject to conditions) or rented out. If rented out, owners must accept Council nominated tenants and rent must be set at the prevailing local housing allowance level. For more information please contact our Empty Homes Officer on 01384 815118.
VAT reduction on renovation works to empty residential properties was introduced as an incentive to bring them back to use. The reduction rate is available where properties have remained empty for over 2 years prior to the commencement of qualifying works. A reduction is also available where a property has been empty for more than 10 years. To discuss the available reductions please contact our Empty Homes Officer on 01384 815118.
Enforcement action is only considered as a last resort, when all avenues of assistance to an owner to return their property to use have been exhausted, and there is no reasonable prospect of the property being re-occupied without such action being taken.
Powers include -
Empty Dwelling Management Orders (EDMO) – used to take over management of homes empty for more than 2 years.
Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPO) – used by the Council to acquire properties for the better provision of housing.
Enforced Sales Procedures (ESP) – used to recover outstanding registered charges, due to works being carried out in default of a statutory notice
Other powers are available to the Council to deal with specific issues that can commonly be associated with a property being empty, such as -
Accumulation of refuse
General disrepair affecting neighbouring properties (statutory nuisance)