Matchmaker Empty Property Scheme launched by Trafford Council

An innovative matchmaking scheme that sets up property owners with prospective buyers is being piloted by Trafford Council.

The Empty Property Matchmaker Scheme is a free service for sellers and buyers of long-term empty properties in Trafford, which bypasses estate agents. 

The houses for sale are viewed on a secure council webpage. The simple-to-use service brings together the owners of empty properties in Trafford with private individuals, investors and developers enabling homes that have lain empty for more than six months to be brought back into use. 

Councillor Kevin Procter, Trafford Council Executive Member for Communities and Housing, said: “We are developing a fantastic matchmaking scheme that will be of great benefit to buyers, sellers and tax-payers. 

“No-one likes to see properties stay empty in the long-term – they can become a target for anti-social behaviour if they remain vacant for too long. 

“Our innovative plan will match owners wanting to sell with investors wanting to buy, and turn a potential eyesore into a much-loved home. 

“For the seller, it is just like placing your property with an estate agent on the high street but without the fees.” 

Prospective buyers are vetted to prove they have the necessary finance before their application is completed. They can then gain access to a secure webpage, which gives details of properties and their sellers. 

The Council provides the matchmaking service but is not part of the sales service. All negotiations are between the buyer and the seller directly. 

For more details about the scheme, visit the EPMS webpages on the Trafford Council website at


Posted on Wednesday 10th October 2018