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Nationally we have a housing crisis. The charity “Shelter” has estimated that 320,000 people do not have a home to live in across the UK. In order to help meet the demand of homes for everyone we are considering different options from building more homes to utilising empty properties.
As Portsmouth is an island, and spare land a premium, building more housing can be difficult. Therefore identifying empty properties to bring back into use, it is felt, will
In Portsmouth, an empty residential property is one that has not been lived in for more than 6 months.
An empty property can:
If you have an empty property we can
If you do not live local, or are struggling with the idea of trying to manage the property, you can sign it over to the Council completely through our rent it right scheme / leasing schemes. This way you get an income every month without any worry about renting the house.
Central government has provided powers to local authorities to ensure that all available housing is utilised. This means that any residential property that is empty for more than 2 years, which does not fall within exemptions set out by the Housing Act 2004, can be subject to legislation to bring the property back into use. This can mean that the Council can take over the management of the property through an EDMO (Empty Dwelling Management Order) or Compulsory Purchase Order a property (CPO).
For further information refer to our Empty Private Residential Property Strategy 2019-2024.
If you have an empty property you can contact us to discuss options.
Telephone: 023 9268 8369