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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.

Interest free loans to help renovate empty properties

There are a number of financial schemes that can help you fund repairs to an empty property. The loans are interest free. The type of loan you can apply for depends on whether you plan to rent the property out or live in it yourself.

National empty homes grants National empty homes grants

Welsh Government owner-occupier loans Welsh Government owner-occupier loans

Homefix loan Homefix loan

Empty property advice

Whether you are already the owner of an empty property or if you are thinking of purchasing a property that is empty then we can offer advice. There is lots of advice below covering purchasing, renting or selling an empty property. There is also information about the council's enforcement powers and how to keep an empty property secure.

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.

For more information on empty properties you can contact us: Empty Property Officer

Thinking of renting your property

Renting your empty property can be an ideal way of providing an additional income; tends to improve the standard of the property and also discourages vandalism and crime.

Selling your empty property

There are a number of avenues you can use to sell your empty property.

Securing an empty property and keeping it safe from fraud

Empty properties can become a target for criminals, particularly in respect of theft of copper piping or cabling. They can also be the subject to property frauds whereby scammers try to register the property into their name and sell it on.

The council's enforcement powers

The council has a number of enforcement powers to improve housing standards. Some of these relate to empty properties as well as to tenanted or owner-occupied properties.

Empty property VAT exemptions

If you are thinking of renovating an empty property to let out you may be eligible for relief on VAT.

Potential rental income from your empty property

How long has your property been empty? Check the table to see the approximate potential income from rent that could have been earned.

Frequently asked questions about empty properties

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

Empty Property Officer

Contact us for advice or information on empty properties in Swansea.

Grants and loans for empty properties

Loans and grants are available to help carry out works on empty properties to help turn them back into occupied homes.

Owner Occupier Grants and loans to help renovate or repair your home

There may be grants and loans available to help you make repairs to your home.

Council Tax premiums for empty properties and second homes

Long-term empty properties and second homes in Swansea are subject to a 100% Council Tax premium.

Landlord's declaration of empty property for Council Tax

Let us know if your property is currently empty.

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme provides grants to encourage property owners to replace existing fossil fuel heating with more efficient, low carbon heating systems

Nest Cymru

The Welsh Government Warm Homes Nest scheme aims to make homes warmer and more energy-efficient places to live.

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Last modified on 08 January 2024