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Empty homes

We wish to encourage the owners of empty properties to bring them back into use to meet housing demand. We can offer financial assistance to help with the costs of refurbishment. Grants and loans are available for bringing empty homes back into use and for the conversion of obsolete commercial premises to provide much needed residential property.

Report an empty property

Empty premium charge

If you own a property that has been empty for over two years, then you will be required to pay an Empty Premium Charge (EPC). This means that you will pay an extra 100% of your total Council Tax bill. For example, the annual Council Tax bill for a band D property is £1581 which after the EPC would be doubled to £3162. Once your property has been empty for over five years, the EPC will treble your Council Tax bill to £4743. More information can be found on our cost of an empty home page.

Grants and loans we offer on empty homes

All grant assistance is subject to availability.

Letting your empty property

If you want to let your property, we can help find a tenant and provide a Bond to cover their deposit which is underwritten by us. If your property is a one or two bedroom flat or house, our strategic housing partner ForHousing can manage the property for you and provide you a guaranteed income. 

For more information please contact ForHousing by phone or email:

Empty homes matching service

Landlords can play an important role in bringing empty homes back into use. For those landlords who are accredited with the Cheshire Landlord Accreditation Scheme, there is the opportunity to become part of the Empty homes matching service.  

The Empty Homes Matching Service matches and brings together those empty home owners who wish to sell their empty home with an accredited landlord or registered letting agent who wish to purchase an empty home and bring it back into use. For further information contact the Empty Homes Team on 0300 123 7038.

Empty homes buy and sell service

The Buy and Sell Service brings together those empty home owners who wish to sell their empty home with property developers who wish to buy the home to refurbish and sell the property on the open market.      

For further details about the Empty Homes Buy and Sell Service:

Home assistance policy

The Private Sector Housing Home Assistance Policy sets out the types of financial help available in detail and includes information on eligibility criteria, procedures and conditions of assistance. Read the full Policy on the Inside Cheshire West website.

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