Empty homes

Bringing empty homes back into housing use is a key priority for the council, recognising that empty homes represent a wasted resource, adding to the pressures on housing need locally and also potentially creating concerns for those who live nearby. 

In May 2017 the Royal Borough’s cabinet approved an Empty Homes Strategy setting out a commitment to tackle empty homes in the borough.

The council offers support to owners to achieve this, from advice on the legal and technical work needed to bring a property onto the market, to helping those who have had bad experiences of renting to find the right tenants, and identifying temporary options to bring homes back into use while plans to redevelop a site are being progressed.

This work with landlords has seen a total of 118 properties being brought back into use as much-needed housing.