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Empty homes

Overview

As part of National Empty Homes Week 2024 - Powers in Action 4th to 10th March, the Council will be holding Empty Homes drop in sessions. Staff will be available for Empty Home owners to get advice and support on bringing the properties back into use, and also an opportunity for residents to report any empty property concerns. Sessions will be held between 10am -2pm on Tues 5th March at Wyvern House, Winsford and 10am-2pm on Thurs 7th March at the Portal, Ellesmere Port. Pre registration/booking is not required.

We wish to encourage the owners of empty properties to bring them back into use to help meet housing demand. We have devised an empty homes strategy which not only sets out our strategic priorities but also explains how we will bring 1,000 long-term empty homes back into use over the next five years.

How does a home become empty?

We understand that homes become empty for a variety of different reasons, including the following;

  • Owner has gone into care
  • Owner has passed away
  • Repossession
  • Fire/flood
  • Relationship breakdown
  • Awaiting planning consent and or demolition
  • Tenant leaves or is evicted
  • Prohibition order

Why do they remain empty?

The main reasons for properties remaining empty

  • Lack of funds to carry out any necessary repairs/renovation
  • Owner has health issues, which hinder or stop renovation work
  • Property investors waiting for the right time to renovate and sell or let
  • Family disputes such as inheritance or divorce
  • Waiting for probate to be granted (or applied for)
  • Finding tradespeople to conduct the work
  • Property is being used to store possessions (i.e. hoarding)