There are a range of options available to an owner, including:
The making homes from house project, in partnership with Community Gateway Association (CGA), aims to renovate empty properties so they can be brought back into use as a home for those in housing need.
If you are interested in either selling or the repair and lease of your property through the project see Making Homes from Houses Project .
It's more valuable to have a property lived in than to have it vacant. To find out how we can help you advertise your property, plus information around letting and renovating, see Selling, letting or renovating an empty home
We prefer to work with you to bring properties back into use, but sometimes enforcement has to be considered. For more information see empty homes and enforcement action.
Some empty properties are entitled to a council tax discount. For more information please visit Council Tax and empty properties.
For more empty home owner information see the useful websites section.
Empty homes are often a target for criminal damage and anti-social behaviour such as:
The best way to reduce the risks associated with empty homes is to make sure they are occupied. However, we understand that a property is likely to remain empty for some time if a major renovation is required on an empty property to bring it up to a decent standard.
Overall, there are many social, economic and environmental reasons for tackling the problems associated with empty homes.
Here are some ways you can reduce the risk of criminal damage occurring to an empty property:
Preston is a growing city and with this comes the need for more housing. We support local growth and the right of its residents to decent housing, by reducing the number of long term empty homes in the city and the problems they cause.
We work with long term empty home owners to help them find the best way to get their property occupied, through advice and assistance or by finding buyers or development partners.
We also work with different departments and partners to deal with the problems associated with empty homes.
For more information around the benefits of getting properties occupied see the Empty Homes Strategy 2014 - 2019 from the downloads section.