The Council has identified reducing the number of empty properties within the Borough as a key priority. Leaving property empty can attract nuisance and anti-social behaviour, depreciate in value and reduce the value of surrounding homes, cause problems to adjoining property and is a waste of the housing stock.
At the end of every financial year the Council calculates the total number of long-term empty properties found in the Borough. There are 1,020 homes that have been empty for 6 months or more, which is 1.95% of the total housing stock in Amber Valley. This Council actively seeks out empty homes so they can be brought back into use.
Of the 1020 empty homes: 76 are associated with business premises use so can only be occupied when the business is operating and occupation will not present security risks to the business; 41 are undergoing demolition, remodelling, conversion or otherwise going through the planning or building regulation process so cannot be occupied at present; 82 are subject to legal processes; 164 are on the market for sale; 31 are complete and up for let; 476 are reportedly being renovated by the owner for sale, let or owner-occupation and progress is monitored by the council; 150 are either undergoing or awaiting enforcement action by the Council as owners have demonstrated they are unable or unwilling to bring the property into use.
The Council has several ways in which we can help owners turn empty property into an asset:
- Helping owners find tenants
- Advertising property for let
- Advertising property for sale
- Leasing to a housing association
- Funding options
- General advice
- Tenant finder service
Where empty property blights an area the Council may be able to use Planning Legislation to prompt action by the owner. Where empty property is causing environmental problems to adjoining property or is attracting vermin the Council may be able to use Environmental Health Legislation to rectify the problem. Where an owner refuses to or is unable to return a property to use the Council can consider an Empty Dwelling Management Order or Compulsory Purchase to ensure properties become reoccupied.
If you want help bringing your property back into use or want to report a dwelling causing nuisance then contact the Council's Empty Property Officer.
Flat Conversion Allowance is scheme run by HMRC that enables business owners to recover the capital costs of conversion of the vacant floors of business premises into residential flats for let. Refurbishments costs are offset against income or corporation tax liabilities.
For further information on national empty homes policy and guidance visit DCLG. For information about tax and VAT in relation to empty homes see HMRC. Also visit East Midlands Decent And Safe Homes.