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Empty homes

Privately owned homes which are empty for six months or more are a waste and could be used to help meet housing need. They can also cause problems for nearby residents and the wider community.

It can cost a lot if you own an empty home. You'll have to pay for things like:

  • insurance
  • security costs
  • maintenance costs
  • utility bills

You may qualify for a council tax reduction if your property is unoccupied for a short time. However, we'll double the amount of council tax if a property's unoccupied for 12 months or more. This is called the Long Term Empty Property Tariff and applies even if a property is derelict or in very poor condition.

You can save money by bringing an empty property back into use but you could also bring in rental income or a significant lump sum by selling up.

Our role

It's up to you to look after your property but we can help if a home gets stuck as an empty home. Call us on 030 33 33 3000.

We focus is on providing advice, guiding you through the options so you can select the solution that is right for you. We also look at what can be done about problematic properties and cases where the owner has no intention of returning a property to use.

Many properties are empty for valid reasons, and we appreciate that renovations and sales take time. We rarely need to get involved in these circumstances.

Tell us about an empty property

You can complete an online form to report an empty property:

Report an empty home

Provide as much information as possible about the property and include a precise address. This information will help us work out what action is needed.

Page last updated: 30/03/17