Bringing empty homes back into use in the Forest of Dean

In the Forest of Dean there are currently 466 residences that are vacant and unused and of these 31 are undergoing major repair works.

It is estimated that an empty property can cost the owner up to £10,000 per year in security, repairs, insurance, and council tax.

Empty homes are a waste of a valuable asset especially when more than 2145 people are registered on our Homeseeker waiting list.

The local authority issues a 100 per cent charge on council tax for any house left empty for more than 6 months.

The Council has the power to enforce Empty Dwelling Management Orders and Compulsory Purchase Orders but we are keen to work with and support owners to bring their houses back into use.

Cllr Richard Leppington, cabinet member for development, asset management, infrastructure and housing said, “Our council is fully supporting National Empty Homes Week because empty homes are a waste of a valuable asset, especially when there are around 534 local people in priority need. If you have an empty property which you would let to someone on our Homeseeker waiting list please give us a call on 01594 812308.â€

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Or contact Chauncy Seed, Private Lettings Officer on 01285 623346, if you are interested in letting your property to someone on our Homeseeker waiting list.