Kent’s Empty Property Initiative

Kent County Council launched its ‘No Use Empty’ campaign in 2005 as part of its second round PSA commitments to examine better ways of delivering services, and particularly at working more effectively with district councils. The primary aim of the Initiative is to improve the physical urban environment in Kent by bringing empty properties back into use as quality housing accommodation and to raise awareness of the issues surrounding empty properties highlighting the problems they cause to local communities.

Number of long term empty properties in Kent

9,000 in 2005
7,639 in 2008
6,428 in 2012
5,147 in 2013
4,778 in 2017

Units supported


Units back into use


Financial support by NUE


Leverage from public/private sector


Total Investment in Kent

Our Partners

Following the success of the campaign covering East Kent (Dover, Shepway, Swale and Thanet), the No Use Empty Property Initiative has been successfully rolled out Kent wide to tackle the problem of Empty housing across the whole County.

Since welcoming Sevenoaks, Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge/Malling in Spring 2008, Kent County Council has teamed up with Ashford, Canterbury, Dartford, Gravesham and Maidstone to embrace all of Kent.

The overall partnership complements the existing work being carried out by each of the individual local Councils to combat the recurring problem of empty housing across local communities.
No Use Empty has been widely praised across the UK as a unique partnership between County and local councils, achieving tangible results and setting example for other councils in the country to follow.

Each local Council has its own strategy for tackling empty housing.
To find out more about your local council please click on a logo below to visit their website.

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