Information about what the council is doing to reduce empty homes, why they are a problem, what can be a done if a person leaves a property empty, reporting an empty property, finding a tenant, contacting the owner of an empty property and how to report an unsecured building open to public access.
The private sector housing team is trying to reduce the number of homes left empty for lengthy periods of time to get maximum use from the housing stock available in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
The idea is to tackle the issues behind a home being left empty so that it can be brought back in to use.
A property is an excellent investment and asset, but when left empty it is put at risk of falling into disrepair, attracting vandalism, unsociable behaviour and fly tipping. Also, an empty property will depreciate rapidly in value. Owners of empty properties are losing money on their asset, which should really be making them money. There is a huge demand for housing and letting out a flat or house can provide a significant income. The council are able to offer valuable advice and support to owners of empty properties. However, when negotiations do not succeed, a range of powers are available to make sure the property is reused which include; compulsory purchase, enforced sale and the introduction of Empty Dwelling Management Orders (EDMO) which can put owners at risk of losing control of their property.
Properties are left empty for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, owners need help and guidance to bring them back into use, for example, advice about how to sell the property, or how to go about renting it out. In the first instance, the council will work with owners to help them to find a solution to get the property brought back into use.
If the owner of an empty property does not work with the council or makes insufficient effort to bring an empty property back into use, it may be necessary to take formal action which can include:
If there is a home in your neighbourhood that has been left empty and you are concerned about it, we want to know about it.
You can report an empty property by completing an empty property referral online form (opens in new window) or by calling (01482) 396301 (choose option 2).
If you are a landlord with an empty property, you may be able to get help to find a tenant. All you have to do is complete this online tenant referral form (opens in new window) and a referral will be made to the council’s tenant mediation officer, who will see if anyone from the council housing waiting list might be suitable for your property. Once we have found a possible tenant we will contact you with their details.
There are a number of ways you can try to make contact with the owner of an empty property. The following pdf document provides some useful tips on how to trace the owner of an empty property.
Tracing the Owner of an Empty Property (pdf 169kb opens in new window)
Alternatively, we may be able to pass your interest in buying the property on to the owner or legal representative should we have a record of their address. We cannot guarantee a response, as it would be up to the owner to decide if they wish to contact you.
Should you want to do this, you should send a letter to the Empty Property Officer, Private Sector Housing, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Town Hall, Quay Road, Bridlington, YO16 4LP. In the letter you should state that your reason for making contact is that you are a potential purchaser and include your full contact details and that you give consent for us to pass your details to the owner.
You can report an unsecured empty building which is open to public access, by calling the council on (01482) 396301, making an online service request (opens in new window) or alternatively sending an email.
If the building is dangerous and the public have a right of access, for example next to a public footpath, you should contact the council’s Building Control service on (0845) 0268969 during normal office hours or in an out of hours emergency (07776) 257157 or (07776) 257259.
The Empty Homes Strategy draws on current good practice in dealing with empty homes in the East Riding. It identifies the scale of the issue, together with the options and resources available to bring empty properties back into use and to address the adverse impact on local neighbourhoods and economic regeneration.