In Trafford there are currently approximately 1000 homes that have been vacant for more than six months.
Empty homes contribute significant harm to local communities by:
- Depressing the market affecting the sustainability of the neighbourhood making it undesirable to live in.
- Reducing the value of neighbouring properties by approximately 10%.
- Encouraging anti-social behaviour such as criminal damage, vandalism, arson and squatting.
Owners leaving a home empty may be at risk of losing the property due to the Council invoking legal powers such as making a compulsory purchase order; empty dwelling management order or enforcing the sale of the property.
Owners – The Council Can Help
Early intervention will result in minimal cost to the owner, but once a property suffers significant damage the cost can be overwhelming. If squatters move into the property the legal fees involved in recovering possession can run into thousands of pounds.
We can potentially help owners to bring an empty property back into housing use by working in partnership with social enterprise schemes and local housing associations (HAs). Flexible options include:
- Having the dwelling renovated, let and managed by professional HAs on your behalf. The owner will retain ownership of the building at all times.
- Introduction to partners who may be able to provide contractors to carry out works at the property, potentially at discounted rates.
- The Council may be able to provide some grant assistance towards the refurbishment of an empty property (limited availability).
- Selling the property on the open market or to one of the Council's partner organisations.
How To Report An Empty Home
You can report an empty home: