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Help with empty homes

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1. Bringing properties back into use

Most home owners don’t want to leave their properties unoccupied and take steps to bring them back into use. It is, however, often a lack of funding that prevents refurbishment, so we offer a range of loans and grants to help.

Please note - If a property remains empty for two years an additional premium of 100% will apply, double the standard charge. This applies regardless of any change of ownership within this period.

From April 2020 an additional premium of 200% applies in respect of properties that remain empty for five years.

Premiums will be indicated on your council tax bill.

It might make financial sense to apply for a loan, so that works can be completed sooner, rather than paying long term empty council tax premiums.

For more information, please see our partner, Lendology's, empty homes page

Advice during the Covid-19 outbreak

If you are concerned about getting work carried out on your property and how to re let, please see the following guidance.

Government advice on renting

Government on home moving