Advice & Guidance



Empty Property Officers are uniquely placed to provide you with independent advice and guidance on how best to bring your property back into use.







Properties are left empty by their owners for a number of reasons including:

  • The need to undertake repairs or renovation
  • Unable to finance the work
  • Bought for investment potential
  • Waiting for the right time to sell
  • Don’t want the hassle of renting
  • Legal disputes or bereavement or
  • Not sure what to do with the property
  • However, it rarely makes sense for a property to be kept empty and can represent an opportunity for the owner,
  • By keeping the property empty you are:
  • Loss of potential rental income (£5,000 to £9,000 a year)
  • Liability to pay council tax and utilities (£1,300 – £2,000 a year)
  • Empty properties attract anti-social behavior, including criminal damage, vandalism, arson
  • Empty properties can often attract squatters and have a negative effect on the area


In all instances the Empty Property Officer will try and work with empty property owners on how best to bring their property back into use. This can include:

  • Financial and non-financial assistance
  • Maximise the property opportunities e.g. conversion into flats
  • Guidance on how best to sell your property
  • Guidance on how to rent your property out
  • How to find suitable builders