Empty properties in the borough
There are a number of reasons why a property becomes empty and are then reoccupied in a short period of time which is a natural function of the housing market. Some properties remain empty for long periods but even some of these can be a valid basis under different exemptions and some not.
- The government classes a property as being "long term" when it has remained empty for six months.
The number of long term empties fluctuates throughout the year, but as of 1 April 2013 there were 836 in the borough and 1578 empty properties in total.
Why is the council interested in empty properties?
In a time where housing is in short supply and hundreds of households are seeking accommodation due to homelessness, overcrowding or living in unsatisfactory situations. Empty properties are a wasted resource both financially and in terms of housing stock as society has to find more land to build new homes on.
A vacant property can deteriorate into disrepair, is a target for anti social behaviour including arson and criminal damage, or be illegally occupied. The grounds of an empty property can also become overgrown and if not secured be a magnet for fly tipping.
All this can cause severe problems to neighbouring properties but also having a detrimental effect on the local community as a whole and the amenity of the area.
Should any of the most serious of problems occur, this too can be an unnecessary drain on public services if the Police or Fire Service are required.
Pages in Empty properties
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- I own an empty property, what help is available?
- What is the council doing to address empty properties?
- How do I report an empty property?
- Local letting professionals
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