Empty Properties can easily cause trouble for their owners, and the neighbourhood, since they can quickly fall into disrepair and are an easy target for vandals and squatters. They can also become a base for fraudulent criminal activity. Eventually an empty property can become an eyesore and detract from an otherwise pleasant street or other residential area.
With increasing pressure for more, especially affordable, housing it makes good sense to try and address the problem of empty homes and make the most of the housing stock in the Bradford District.
The Empty Homes and Loans Team have a range of initiatives aimed at helping owners of empty homes bring them back into use.
Some empty or derelict homes can be brought back into use simply by giving advice and information about incentives to the owner.
In other cases the only answer is enforcement action to repair properties causing a statutory nuisance or, in extreme cases, Compulsory Purchase where there has been a long history of non cooperation by the existing owner and the property is causing continued blight on the surrounding area.
The Empty Homes and Loans Team proactively seeks out long term empty homes with a view to working with the owner to bring the property back into use, preferably before it has a detrimental impact on the neighbourhood.
The Team also respond to referrals from the public, particularly from those directly affected by the problems associated with an empty property.
More advice is available if you live next to, or near to, an empty house.
If the problem is with an empty Incommunities (formerly Council) property please contact Incommunities.
The Council works with owners of empty properties and other agencies to try and get unoccupied property back into use.
There are a wide range of options available to the owner including:
The Empty Homes and Loans Team can help the owner to overcome the many barriers that may be preventing the owner bring the property back into use.
Further advice and information is available for the owners of empty properties.