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What is an empty property?

There are often good reasons for properties being left empty, but some are empty for longer than is justified by the workings of the housing market. A property which has been empty for in excess of six months is considered to be an 'empty home'.

What happens to empty homes is not simply a matter of concern to those who own them. A property that is left unoccupied and not maintained will over time, begin to affect neighbouring properties, whose condition and value might be adversely affected and may also at risk from being broken into by vandals and squatters and in extreme cases might become a target of arson. Empty homes often generate a number of complaints to local authorities. They may even warrant attendance by the police and fire services.

If you wish to report an empty property, contact us on 01932 425831

Please click here to access the Council’s Empty Homes Strategy 2010-15