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Empty residential properties

An empty home can blight an area and have a negative affect on the local neighbourhood.  Long-term empty homes are a wasted resource that can be used to meet housing needs. Empty properties can deteriorate quickly and attract anti-social behaviour such as fly-tipping, squatters, vandalism and arson.

We aim to help bring long-term empty homes back into use by working with owners and we are able to offer a package of assistance to help achieve this. The Sevenoaks District Empty Homes Action Plan sets out the Council's approach to tackling the problem of long term empty properties.

Please see the following leaflet on how we can help:

Empty homes advice leaflet

The 'No Use Empty' Scheme

The No Use Empty scheme is a partnership between Kent County Council and the Kent district councils. It aims to raise awareness of the issue of empty housing and can offer empty property owners advice on the options available to help bring an empty property back into use.

We have signed up to the No Use Empty loan scheme, which can offer loans of up to £25,000 per property to carry out the necessary works to bring an empty home back into use (subject to certain criteria). Visit the No Use Empty website for more information.

The Empty Homes Agency

The Empty Homes Agency is an independent campaigning charity, which exists to highlight the waste of empty property across England and to find solutions that will bring empty properties back into use. Visit www.emptyhomes.com for more information.

Contact information

Call 01732 227000 and ask to speak to the Housing & Projects Officer in the Housing Advice Team or e-mail empty.homes@sevenoaks.gov.uk