Advice if you own an empty home

Empty homes are a waste of homes and money.

Properties can stay empty for years, for lots of different reasons. They can quickly fall into disrepair and cause problems for both you and neighbouring residents.

The good news is there are a number of simple and quick ways to get your empty property back into use.

Our Empty Property team can help you with any problems that are keeping your property empty. We can help you get the advice and support you need to bring your empty home back into use.

We can help with:

  • inheritance, probate or family disputes issues
  • access to financial support
  • finding the right contractors to work on your house
  • learning to be a successful landlord

Our support is tailored and free. We'll listen to what you need and the barriers you face. We'll do all we can to help.

Renovation grants 

You can apply for a grant of up to £15,750 to repair your home and bring it back into use. We’ll provide the grant and work with you to make it a safe home. To apply, your property must:

  • be located within Goldthorpe
  • have been empty for six months or more

If your home is in a different area, please contact us for more details.

Selling your empty home

We may be able to buy your empty property (subject to a survey being conducted).

Your property must have been empty for 6 months. It doesn’t have to be in perfect condition. We’ll repair it and let it out via our partners, Berneslai Homes.

To see if this is an option for your home, email us

Letting your empty home

Becoming a landlord can be daunting. If you’d prefer to get the income without the hassle, Berneslai Homes offers a Property Management Service. For a small monthly fee, they can take care of finding a tenant, managing the property and carrying out repairs. For more details about this scheme, visit the Berneslai Homes website.

The Barnsley 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:

  • grants of up to £500 per property
  • help with finding a tenant
  • private landlord events

Visit the Barnsley Accreditation Scheme page for more details and how to apply.

Reporting an empty home

If there's an empty home causing a nuisance near you, you can report it. See our page for reporting a problem with an empty home.