Why bring empty homes back into use?
There is a high demand for housing in Bath and North East Somerset and empty homes are a wasted resource. If neglected they can cause problems for neighbours and have a negative impact on local communities.
We work with owners to encourage, enable and assist them bring their empty properties back into use. Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Councils work together to tackle the problem of empty homes across the West of England region.
Our Empty Property Policy explains how we will bring homes that have been empty for more than two years back into use:
1. Provide advice, assistance and incentives to all owners to help them bring empty homes back into use; and
2. Prioritise empty homes which have been empty for over 2 years for targeted legal action.
How can we help?
No Use Empty is our website full of information on bringing empty homes back into use via renovation, renting or selling.
Leasing/tenancy support schemes - grants available to home owners. For more information to let your home through our Homefinder Scheme telephone 01225 396296. For more information on letting/leasing schemes contact Home Turf Lettings about grants to enable you to let your empty property www.hometurflettings.co.uk
VAT letter supporting refurbishment works on homes empty for more than two years
What legal action can we take?
The council has powers to deal with many of the issues that arise at a local level.
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