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Empty Homes

Empty Homes

The Government has placed a duty on Local Authorities to bring empty homes back in to use. In response to this, Bassetlaw District Council are developing an Empty Homes Strategy, which will focus on bringing long term empty homes in the private sector back in to use.

 

There are many consequences of long term empty properties, such as:

 

  • Wasted housing resources for the Local Authority, which in turn puts additional pressure on waiting lists for local authority housing
  • A focus for anti-social behaviour, including fly tipping
  • Wasted opportunities for the owner, for example, rental income
  • Deterioration of the property, which in turn may cause damage to the neighbouring property
  • Property becomes an eyesore, potentially lowering its value and the value of the surrounding properties
  • Negative impacts on local business and fewer people wanting to locate to the area, starting a spiral of economic and social decline
  • Greater demand on Police and Fire Services
  • Council Tax Premium of an additional 50%
  • Bassetlaw District Council’s Private Sector Housing team may be able to help you bring your Empty Home back in to use

 

We have a number of initiatives:

 

  1. Information leaflet and signposting for owners considering becoming a landlord for the first time.
  2. Technical advice on repairs or renovations needed in order to bring a property up to a lettable for saleable standard.
  3. Managing agency service whereby the Council/A1 Housing will let manage the property on behalf of the owner for a management fee. (The property needs to be 'strategically relevant' ie able to meet the needs of the council's waiting list).
  4. Empty Homes grants up to £1k for an owner planning to move into the property themselves, up to £7k for owners wishing to sell or let the property and up to £12k if the property is accepted on to the managing agency scheme. (Subject to a qualifying criteria and the availability of funding).
  5. Link owners of empty properties with private developers.*

 

 

* We are keen to hear from developers who are interested in going on a list that we can make available to owners seeking to dispose of their empty property.

 

If you would like to discuss any of the above in more detail then please contact the Private Sector Housing Team on 01909 533161 or email psl@bassetlaw.gov.uk

 

If you have any concerns about the state of an empty property and would like to report it then please contact Environmental Health on 01909 533219

 
Last Updated - 28/05/2013