Empty homes

Houses that stand empty can cause nuisance and damage to neighbouring houses. They are also a waste because they could be used as homes.

We can advise owners of empty houses to help them bring the house back into use.

If the owner refuses to bring the house into use or fails to repair it, the Council can: 

  • serve a notice on the owner to carry out repairs, and carry out the works itself if the owner fails to do so
  • force the sale of the house to repay certain debts owed to the council.

 Empty homes schemes

  • VAT: The Council can help to reduce or eliminate the VAT payable on all materials used to bring a vacant property back into use. Properties that have been empty between 2 and 10 years can have the VAT on materials used reduced to 5%. Those empty for 10 years or more can have the VAT reduced to nil.
  • Welsh Government’s Home Improvement Loan Scheme:

    Interest-free loans from £1,000 to £25,000 to assist property owners with renovation works. Available to Owner Occupiers, Landlords, Developers and Charities to assist with making a home safe, warm, and secure. Loans are inclusive of a £500 administration fee which can be added to the loan. Loan term for Owner Occupiers is 7 years. For all other applicants loan term is 5 years.
    Welsh Government's Home Improvement Loan Scheme Form

  • Vacant Homes AssistanceGrants for landlords to renovate empty houses to an acceptable living Standard. The property must be empty for a minimum of 6 months, and the property must be available for rent through PSL or the homelessness unit at completion. If you’re interested in this scheme, contact us for further information. 

Contact the Empty Homes Team