Empty homes are a wasted resource that could benefit the wider community. Bringing empty homes back into use is part of our aim of meeting the need for decent and affordable homes. We view empty properties as:
These homes are valuable assets that could benefit their owners by providing extra income through a letting or sale. In addition, properties that have been empty for many years and are in poor condition may attract vandalism, anti-social behaviour and squatters. The owners sometimes do not live locally so are unaware of the impact their empty home is having on neighbours and the community.
As most empty homes in the district are privately owned, we have a strategy in place which covers how we work with owners so the homes can become reoccupied.