Barnsley Council will be supporting Empty Homes Week 2017 between 16 to 22 October. The week aims to raise awareness of empty properties and how owners and neighbours can work with the council to get these houses back into use.
The council has a dedicated team who can offer free advice and support to empty homeowners about their options, including:
- handling legal issues including probate.
- accessing grants and interest-free loans to bring the property back into use.
- how to become a successful landlord.
- information on the council purchasing the property at market value.
The council has statutory powers to deal with properties in poor condition but are keen to work with owners to help re-let, re-occupy or sell. If offers of voluntary help fail a range of enforcement action may be used to ensure the property is brought back into use.
Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “We want to encourage people to get in touch if they know of an empty property that is causing a problem in their local neighbourhood or if they are an owner of an empty property.
"The team will be in Barnsley Library, outside the café on Saturday 28 October, 10am to 1pm holding an empty homes drop–in session. They will be able to provide advice and answer any questions relating to empty properties.
“When an empty property is brought back into use everyone can benefit; it provides a warm, affordable home when housing is in short supply, and it helps the owner to regain a valuable asset.”
To find out what help is available or to report an empty property visit barnsley.gov.uk/emptyhomes