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Owners of empty properties

Houses that are left empty are a wasted resource as there are many people looking for somewhere to live. There are a number of support options for owners to bring their empty properties back into use.

The following support is available for owners of empty homes:

  • Houses into Homes Loan Scheme - an interest free loan of up to £25,000 available  to empty property owners to help renovate their empty properties
  • Grant for Nominations - a grant of up to £5,000 to help towards renovation costs. This grant is issued in exchange for nominations rights to the property for a 12 month period.
  • VAT discounts - if your property has been empty for longer than 2 years then you may be eligible to pay VAT at a reduced rate of 5% rather than the normal 20%. Please contact Sally Jones (Technical Officer) on 01792 635600 to discuss this discount further.

Click on the downloads below to find out more or contact Sally Jones (Technical Officer) on 01792 635600.

Houses to homes interest free loans

The Welsh Government houses to homes initiative provides funding to help turn empty properties back into occupied homes.

£10 million is available across Wales for loans to bring long term empty homes back into use. This helps tackle the negative social and environmental impact they have on a neighbourhood. 

The loans are for 2 or 3 years interest free and can be accessed by the owners of empty properties. It should be used to help with the cost of renovating or converting them.

The criteria for the loan:

  • The property must be empty for a minimum of 6 months
  • You can borrow up to £25,000 per unit and up to a maximum of £150,000 per applicant
  • Individuals, charities, companies and businesses can apply
  • ​You have to sell or rent the property - you can't live there yourself once it has been developed
  • The money you borrow must be paid back within two years if you sell the property or three years if you let it
  • You will need to provide three months' pay slips (individuals) or three years' accounts (charities, companies and businesses) when you apply, 2 estimates for works, a property valuation if mortgaged, land registry title and title plan, local land charge search (basic), planning and/or building regulation applications (if applicable), and a bank statement for the receiving account.

Anyone interested in a loan should Housing Grants and ask for an expression of interest form.

If you have any queries regarding the scope of work please call (01792) 635600.

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Grants for nominations

The grants for nominations scheme aims to encourage landlords of empty properties to bring them back into use. Properties that have been identified as being empty for a minimum of 6 months may be eligible for the grant.

We require the property to be let via our preferred social letting agent for a period of no less than 1 year from the date of grant certification and the property is deemed suitable for letting.

A maximum grant of £5,000 or 75% eligible costs (whichever is lower) is available. The property must be at least 10 years old and be identified on the council's empty property register as being empty for a minimum of 6 months.

Priority will be given to properties in areas identified as being in the most housing need. 100% grant is repayable for up to 1 year following the date of certification if the property is sold, or deeds transferred, the property is vacant for 6 months or more, the nomination agreement is not being met or the property is not let by the council's preferred social lettings agent.

Contact us for more information on the grants for nominations scheme.


Enforcement Action

Where properties are left vacant they can sometimes cause problems as their condition deteriorates. We can deal with a build-up of refuse, properties left open to unauthorised access and conditions damaging to neighbouring properties'

Frequently asked questions about empty properties

Find out answers to the most common questions we get asked about empty properties.

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