Barnsley Council takes part in Empty Homes Week 2019

Barnsley Council is happy to celebrate National Empty Homes Week from Monday 23 – Sunday 29 September. During the week the Empty Homes team will be sharing their successes on Facebook and hosting an event at the Library @ the Lightbox.

Since April 2018, Barnsley Council’s Empty Homes team has seen a reduction of 6 per cent in long-term empty properties across the borough, bringing the number of long-term empty properties down to 1,521. Since the Empty Homes Programme began in April 2018, the council has helped to bringing over 300 empty properties back into use. This work is through a variety of different schemes such as financial assistance, a leasing scheme, purchasing of properties and enforcement action to change the ownership.

The Empty Homes Team will be at the Library @ the Lightbox on Saturday 28 September between 10am and 12pm, holding an empty homes drop-in session. They will be able to provide advice and answer any questions relating to empty properties. If you are unable to attend but would like advice or further information please contact them at emptyhomes@barnsley.gov.uk.

There are many different reasons why a property has been left empty and each individual reason is unique to the owner and their personal circumstances. The role of the council’s  Empty Homes team is to work with property owners, local communities and other stakeholders to provide a better use of empty properties throughout the borough that help contribute to the housing shortage.

The team can offer support and advice on a range of issues including:

  • How to be a good landlord and how to maintain a good quality house
  • Selling your empty property
  • Applying for probate and the next steps

Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Regeneration and Culture, said: “Our Empty Homes team helps landlords, residents and the wider borough in making sure our housing is put to best use.

“If you have a property that is empty and you’re unsure what steps to take, come along to the event or get in touch for advice and guidance.”

This news is linked to Town Spirit, our new way of working better together. We believe, that if everyone in Barnsley does just one thing, we can make our borough a more welcoming place to live, work, invest and visit.

#BuildIt doesn’t just link to the town centre regeneration; it covers all the things we do to provide vibrant towns across the borough. As well as building new infrastructure, leisure and cultural facilities, it also includes the maintenance of what we already have.

To help us achieve this, we need people to #OwnIt by:

  • Reporting empty homes
  • Visiting your local town centres regularly
  • Telling us how we can improve your town centre

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