Empty homes

Empty homes can cost their owners thousands of pounds a year in council tax (150% premium charge for those empty over 2 years), insurance, mortgage and repairs while the district suffers from a lack of housing. We have hundreds of households on the Homeseekers register and many in priority need.

Dilapidation can cause issues for neighbouring properties such as devaluation, damage and anti-social behaviour.

We are committed to reducing the number of long term empty homes in the district. To discuss how we can help you rent your property to someone on our housing list:

Possible enforcement orders

Empty Dwelling Management Orders

In part 4 of the Housing Act 2004, the government introduced a new power known as Empty Dwelling Management Orders (EDMOs) that give the council powers to compulsorily lease empty homes that have been vacant for longer than two years where other options have been unsuccessful.

Compulsory Purchase Orders

Compulsory Purchase Orders are a final sanction for local authorities to improve private sector housing where other options such as offers of grants or notices have failed.

Section 17 of the Housing Act 1985 gives local authorities the power to acquire buildings and land through compulsory purchase; this allows Compulsory Purchase Orders to be made for the purpose of providing housing accommodation.

Empty home loans

Empty homes loans are available to owners of empty properties and anybody wishing to purchase an empty property. For more details download our information sheet:

 

 

 

 

West Oxfordshire District Council
Elmfield
New Yatt Road
Witney
OX28 1PB