Empty Homes Week 2018

interior of derelict home

Lichfield District Council backs campaign to bring empty properties back into use.

Empty Homes Week is running from 15 October to 22 October. The campaign is organised by the charity Empty Home, which uses the week to highlight the problem of long-term empty properties across the UK.

In Lichfield District there are just over 100 long-term empty properties. Lichfield District Council has a policy that sets out how it will work to bring these homes back into use.

As part of this, the council’s housing team is continuing to liaise with the owners of the properties that have been empty for the longest time, with a view to getting them brought back into domestic use.

The local authority is once again urging anyone who is struggling with an empty property and needs help to bring it back into use, or anyone who is concerned about an empty property in their area, to get in touch for advice.

Properties can be empty for many reasons, including delays preparing planning applications, problems with probate, the owner is in hospital, family breakdowns and disputes, mental or physical health issues of the owner, debt, or hope that house prices will go up.

Many of the empty homes that have been unoccupied the longest are owned by commercial enterprises.

Councillor Ashley Yeates, Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services, Housing & Wellbeing, said:

“Empty Homes Week gives us a chance to highlight this issue locally, and to encourage residents to contact us if they own an empty property or are worried about a derelict property and want help or guidance to make it a habitable home”

If you are concerned about an empty property, please contact Lichfield District Council on 01543 308000 or email housing@lichfielddc.gov.uk.

Published: 11 October 2018