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Cost of living support

Financial advice and emotional support on how you can ease the cost of living squeeze.

Empty homes

Help with bringing empty homes back in to use including how to tell us about an empty property, advice on the support and loans available and when we might take enforcement action.

We want to improve access to decent affordable housing by encouraging and supporting the owners of long term empty homes to bring these properties back into occupation.

Tell us about an empty home

Tell us if you own or know about an empty property and want to do something about it.

Empty homes questionnaire

Get funding

You can apply for an interest-free loan of up to £175,000 through the Private Lease Agreements Converting Empties (PLACE) scheme to:

  • renovate an empty dwelling
  • convert an empty property into one or more units

All work must be done to the government's Decent Homes Standard

Enforcement action

We will consider taking enforcement action if:

  • you are a property owner who persists in leaving a property empty
  • there is a danger to public safety, or
  • an empty property is seriously overgrown or dilapidated

This may include the use of Compulsory Purchase or Empty Dwelling Management Orders.

Get advice

Contact us to get advice on how to bring your empty property back into use.

Telephone: 01799 510510


You can also get in touch with us using alternative methods via our contact us page.