Advice if you own an empty home

Empty homes are a waste of homes and money.

There's lots of different reasons why a property becomes empty and stays empty. Empty properties can attract antisocial behaviour and cause deterioration to the local neighbourhood. If there's an empty home causing a nuisance near you, you can report it to us.

If you own an empty property we can help you bring it back into use. By leaving your house empty you could be losing up to £6,000 a year through loss of rent, council tax and insurance costs. The good news is there's a number of simple and quick ways to bring the property back into use.

We can:

  • offer advice on inheritance, probate or family disputes issues
  • offer a guaranteed rent through our leasing scheme with a housing charity
  • discuss your options and the best way to proceed
  • assist you with financial support
  • help find the right contractors to work on your house
  • assist you to be a successful landlord

Our support is tailored and free of charge, and we'll listen to what you need and the barriers you face.

Renovation grants / loans

You can apply for financial assistance (criteria dependent) to repair your home and bring it back into use. We can provide support and work with you to make it a safe home.

To be eligible for financial assistance:

  • the outstanding costs must exceed 75% of the property value (to receive the renovation grant)
  • the property must have been empty for at least 6 months
  • there must be no registered debts to the council against the property
  • the property must not have received any previous grants within the last 10 years
  • you must sign up to our accreditation scheme

The maximum funding available is £15,750.

Before applying for the grant/loan please read the terms and conditions.



Selling your empty home

We may be able to buy your empty property (criteria dependent) or put you in contact with private property investors. 

To see if this is an option for your home, contact us online.

Letting your empty home

Becoming a landlord can be daunting, but if you’d prefer to get the income without the hassle we have several options available.

We work with a housing charity that can lease your property over a 10 year period for a guaranteed rent, and take the daily worries of renting away from you as the owner.

Berneslai Homes offers a Property Management Service for private landlords. For a small monthly fee, they can take care of finding a tenant, managing the property and carrying out repairs. Find out more about the scheme online or .

The Council's Accreditation Scheme for landlords can help if you choose to manage the property yourself. Membership is free for landlords with one property and £50 a year for landlords with more than one property. Joining gives access to a wide range of benefits including:

  • help with finding a tenant
  • private landlord events

Find out more about the Barnsley Accreditation Scheme and how to apply.

Owners that leave properties empty

If you decide to leave your property empty even after we've tried to help you, we have statutory powers that we're able to use.

Enforcement measures are only used as a last resort - where it's been impossible to trace the owner, agree a voluntary solution with them, or where a home has simply been abandoned.

You can find out more about this, and how we intend to tackle the problem of empty homes, by filling in our online form.