Last Modified November 21, 2012
Empty homes are a waste of available housing, and can often blight a neighbourhood particularly where they have been left empty for a long period of time. Hertsmere Borough Council is able to tackle these properties and bring them back into use under the provisions of the Housing Act 2004.
Empty properties can attract pests, rubbish dumping, graffiti, vandalism, squatting, break-ins and arson. As well as the environmental factors, empty properties can cause great concern to neighbouring homes because the value of surrounding properties can deteriorate.
Empty properties represent a wasted resource in the borough and the Government expect the council to encourage empty home owners to make every effort to bring these properties back into use.
The cost of an empty home to its owner
Property deterioration and the increased cost of maintenance;
Loss of value
Cost of council tax
Lost rental income.
What are the choices for an empty homeowner?
Refurbishing and renting the property;
selling it on the open market
Can the council help?
Yes, the council can pay for the cost of refurbishments and can rent out and manage the properties. For more information please contact 020 8207 2277 x 2830 or email email@example.com and ask for information on the PLACE refurbishment scheme and the Private Sector Leasing Scheme.
What if the empty homeowner wants to keep the property empty?
The council can take appropriate enforcement action, for example when the property is: