Empty houses are wasted homes, so we are working with local property owners to bring empty property back into use for the benefit of our communities.
If you own an empty property
There are many reasons why you might end up owning an empty property, such as the death of a relative or ongoing issues with a refurbishment project.
We understand that knowing how to deal with an empty property can be overwhelming, but it’s important to act. Empty properties deteriorate and lose value, and they also encourage crime and antisocial behaviour.
If a property is empty for more than 2 years, the cost of Council Tax will increase by 100%. There will be a further 100% increase after 5 and 10 years if the property remains empty.
How we can help
Our Empty Property Officer can help you deal with your empty property in a way that works for you.
We can help you in the following ways:
- Provide financial assistance with low-cost loans up to £30,000 (watch our video for more information)
- Offer small works grants for jobs up to £500
- Provide tailored support for bringing your property back into use
- Provide advice on your legal responsibilities as the owner to help you avoid reinforcement action
- Facilitate VAT relief or exemptions on contracted works
Help us prevent empty properties in our community
If you're aware of, or you own an empty property, use the following suggestions to find out how you can help us prevent empty homes negatively impacting our community.
We are running schemes to provide housing for refugees. These schemes also offer financial support and property management to landlords.
Register your interest
If you are interested in offering an empty home through the Homes for Ukraine scheme, please visit the GOV.UK web page on Homes for Ukraine
To register your interest in the Syrian Resettlement scheme, please email email@example.com
If you wish to rent out your empty property once refurbished
If you are hoping to refurbish an empty property with a view to renting it out, Lendology Empty Property Loans can be used to complete energy efficiency improvements in order to obtain an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate).
Loans of up to £30,000 are available. Watch the video to find out more
If you wish to live in your empty property once refurbished
Energy at Home provides information and useful resources on energy-related home improvements, grants and loan schemes for Bath & North East Somerset residents.