Residential properties that stand empty in the Cannock Chase District could be providing homes for the many people who need one.
The longer a home is left empty the more likely it is to attract anti-social behaviour, to fall into disrepair and to become a source of anxiety to nearby residents.
On average it costs an owner approximately £8000 a year to keep a property empty. This cost includes rental loss, dilapidation, security, insurance (where obtainable) and council tax.
Empty Property Loans
The Council have developed an interest free loans scheme to assist owners whose properties have been empty for over 2 years. Owners may be able to loan up to £10,000 to renovate their property to the Decent Homes Standard. For more information please telephone 01543 464309
Letting Your Property
The Council’s Housing Option’s Service can provide specialist help and advice which is aimed at supporting landlords who manage their own properties, so why not ring the Housing Options Team on 01543 462621 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an information pack full of useful knowledge, hints and tips and find out how you can make the most of your asset.
What Will Happen if the Dwelling Remains Empty
The Council is keen to assist owners with returning their properties to use and an officer can support owners in their efforts to do so.
However, if the property gets into such a state that it attracts complaints because of vermin, or antisocial behaviour the Council may have no alternative and will resort to legal action against its owner(s) to resolve the situation.
Empty Homes Booklet 2018
Last Updated: 17/01/2019