Housing and homelessness Housing strategies and policies Finding or staying in your home Empty homes Improving housing standards Homelessness Help to pay rent Green and sustainable living The Impact of Empty Homes Long term empty properties can have a large impact on the local community, this can include: Reduction in the value of the property and the neighbouring properties Additional costs in renovation as the property deteriorates over time Environmental health risks from vermin and waste Hazards to the public through unsafe structures Focal points for illegal and anti social behaviour such as fly tipping, vandalism and arson A strain on other agencies such as Fire and Rescue and Police A wasted resource when so many people are in need of housing Increased risk of squatters Increased insurance costs when unoccupied If you are a builder, developer, landlord, letting or estate agent, first time buyer or simply looking to purchase a property the perfect solution may be out there. We make regular contact with empty property owners, who may be looking to sell, let or renovate a property they own. If you own a long term empty property, the council can offer advice and assistance such as information on selling, renting, VAT discounts, local auctioneers, financial assistance and local schemes to help bring empty properties back to use. button | Report a long term empty homes in your area Report a long term empty homes in your area text | Empty homes Any enquiries should be made to our Empty Property Officer email@example.com. If you live near an empty property and witness a crime taking place, please report it to the Police, or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.