Leaving a property empty for long periods of time can result in vandalism, as well as deteriorating both its condition and value.  These issues can have a negative impact on the area.

Long term empty properties can also cost the owner money. Properties which have been left empty for two years are subject to a council tax of 150%.

To help bring empty properties back into use we have a wide range of schemes to assist owners:

  • offering an interest free loan of up to £20,000, (subject to approval) to refurbish the property for rental purposes
  • using our matchmaker scheme to ‘match’ empty homes for sale with buyers