Due to housing shortages, there is a need to bring empty homes back into use and maximise the availability of the housing stock in the district.
Free guidance is available to owners of empty properties
Signposting to Registered Landlords who may be interested increasing their own stock to meet local housing need
Free advertising of your property on the Housing for You to attract people from our housing register
- Empty Homes Assistance up to £15,000 if the property qualifies for essential works as deemed appropriate by the council
Report an empty home
If you are a homeowner or a resident that lives near to an empty property in poor condition, it can become targets for vermin, fly-tipping, burglary, drug use and anti-social behaviour. A neglected property can also lead to damage and devaluation to adjoining properties.
There is a legitimate public interest in ensuring empty homes do not have an undue impact on the local community. Please inform us if you are aware of an empty property, in order for us to work with the homeowner.
Circumstances may require formal enforcement action to bring a property back into use if informal action hasn’t been effective.
This could include:
- Dangerous and dilapidated buildings and drainage – Building Act 1984
- Unsightly land and property – Town and Country Planning Act 1990
- Premises prejudicial to health or a nuisance – Environmental Protection Act 1990
- Property improvements, empty dwelling management orders – Housing Act 2004
- Rodents - Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949
- Enforced sales
- Compulsory Purchase Orders
Relevant Forms & Publications
- pdf Empty Homes Leaflet (1.43 MB)
- pdf Private Sector Enforcement Policy (191 KB)
- pdf Housing Assistance Policy (4.84 MB)
- Housing advice
- Housing standards
- Wychmove, our social lettings agency service
- Council Tax discounts and exemptions
Private Sector Housing