Bringing empty homes into use

Council tax/empty homes review

The Council operates a proactive approach to ensure that empty homes do not remain empty unnecessarily and fall into misuse and dereliction. If you have received an empty homes letter since August 2018 requesting confirmation of its current status, please complete the online form so we may update our council tax records.

Financial help for owners of empty homes 

If you own a home in Elmbridge which has been empty for 12 months or more, we may be able to provide you with financial help to carry out improvements and repairs and bring the property back into use.  Terms and conditions apply, but work that could be eligible for funding includes:

  • Damp-proofing or electrical rewiring (or other work that makes the property healthy and safe for future occupants)

  • Works that bring the property up to the Decent Homes Standards, such as through the installation of a new kitchen or bathroom.

  • Energy efficiency works – such as the installation of double-glazing or loft insulation

We can, subject to funding, offer either a grant or a loan to owners of empty homes to help bring them back into use.

  • Empty Homes grants of up to £5000.  One condition attached to the award of any grant is that the property must be let, for at least a year, to a tenant introduced by us or by another agency nominated by us.

  • Empty Homes Loans of up to £30,000.  These loans would be provided by the Parity Trust, in partnership with us.  The loan is for a term of three years and can be repaid early without penalty.

For more information, please contact the Private Sector Housing Team.

Further help and advice

We do not keep a register of empty homes and cannot provide details of empty homes in response to requests for such information. 

If you are looking to buy or rent an empty property and bring it back to use, the Empty Homes Agency provides advice on how to proceed with this on its website.

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