The presence of empty homes can bring down an area. People living near to a poor condition empty property can be affected almost daily because empty homes can attract arson attacks, squatting, burglary, fly tipping, drug usage and general mindless behaviour. Furthermore, a neglected empty home can cause damage to adjoining properties and can devalue neighbouring properties because of the poor state of the property.
There are many benefits to bringing empty homes back into occupation, for the owner, the local community as well as people requiring housing.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has an Empty Homes Team which aims to bring long term empty homes back into use to improve the standard of housing in the city and to bring life back into our communities. The team have forged various partnerships and developed many tools which will assist owners to bring their empty property back into use.
This site provides information to owners, the community, and other interested individuals and agencies, on the subject of private sector empty homes, highlighting the impact upon the community and the various solutions and enforcement tools available.
If you would like to report an empty property you can contact:
Tel: 01782 234234
Empty Homes National Week of Action
Empty Homes Week 2013 will run from 24th November to 30th November 2013 and is promoted by the charity The Empty Homes Agency .The Council has produced its 1st Empty Homes newsletter to coincide with the National Empty Homes Week of Action, packed with useful information and advice. Please see the below attachment to view the newsletter.
Empty Homes Strategy
We are currently updating our Empty Homes Strategy. Please see the below attachments to view the draft strategy and a consultation feedback form.