Empty homes

You can access free advice and assistance to bring empty homes back into use.

Empty homes cause several problems within neighbourhoods:
  • They can attract crime and anti-social behaviour
  • They can affect the image of an area
  • They can devalue surrounding homes
  • They stop people who are homeless or vulnerable from getting a home.

Empty home owners

If you own an empty home, and want free advice about how to bring it back into use, contact the Empty Properties Team.

The team's Technical Officer will arrange to meet you at the property to make an inspection and to discuss the options.

Options include:

  • The property could be reused by the owner, or their relatives or friends
  • The owner could rent or lease the property
  • The owner can sell the property to another potential owner/occupier, developer or housing association

The council can take legal action against owners of empty homes. When absolutely necessary, we may arrange to take over the management of the property.

Report an empty home

Find out who owns an empty home

Contact the Land Registry (a charge applies):

Benefits of bringing empty homes back into use

Owners could benefit from the following:

  • If you become a landlord, you can charge rent.
  • We can help you to find suitable tenants.
  • You can benefit from security against vandalism and squatting.
  • We can offer property management advice.
  • You will have long term investment potential.
  • You may be able to have a rent deposit guarantee, and arrange for housing benefit to be paid direct to you as the owner.

Neighbours of empty homes may benefit from:

  • The removal of a local ‘eyesore’.
  • Improvement of the local area, maybe attracting investment into the area.
  • A safer place to live.