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Empty property advice from Caerphilly County Borough Council

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Empty properties represent a wasted resource, financial expense and in many cases a missed opportunity to provide much needed affordable housing.

Not only are they a waste of a valuable housing resource but they can cause blight to communities and distress to residents affected by their unsightly appearance and tendency to attract crime, vandals, squatters, unauthorised occupiers, and anti-social behaviour. In addition to this, they can devalue neighbouring properties and represent a huge cost to the Council, Police, Fire Authority, and Community Safety Partnerships due to the time and resources spent in dealing with the problems that they create.

Caerphilly County Borough Council is committed to working with empty property owners and prospective owners to encourage them to bring their properties back into use and where possible, prevent properties from becoming empty in the first instance.

There are several initiatives available to help owners bring their empty property back into use and this pack is intended to give you an overview of what assistance is available.

However, if an owner is uncooperative or obstructive then the Council will consider using the wide range of formal enforcement action available to bring the property back into use.

Formal enforcement action is always a last resort, but the Council believes that leaving properties stand empty for long periods when there is a shortage of affordable housing in the County Borough is not acceptable.

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Renovating your empty property

Empty property owners wishing to bring their property to an acceptable living standard can benefit from a wide range of financial support including grants and interest-free loans. Below is a brief overview of the options available.

Find out about renovating your empty property

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Selling your empty property

One of the quickest and easier ways of dealing with your empty property is to sell the property. The housing market is currently very strong which makes it the perfect option for an owner who has no interest in bringing the property back into use themselves.

Find out about selling your empty property

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Renting your empty property

It’s not a secret that there is a shortage of suitable good quality rented accommodation within Caerphilly County Borough. If you are interested in renting your property, there is a wide range of information and support we can offer you and we will be able to point you in the right direction.

Find out about renting your empty property

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Doing nothing is no longer an option

This Authority has made a commitment to bring empty properties back into use for the good of the community as a whole. Leaving properties empty for years with no plan of bringing them back into use is no longer an option for you.

Find out what this means for your property

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Advice and guidance

The Council’s Business Enterprise & Renewal Team offers advice and guidance to suit individual needs in the areas of business support, town centre development, event planning and delivery and regeneration project management.

Find out more about BERT

Latest news

Cllr Shayne Cook launches the Empty Property Pack with members of the team

Caerphilly Council launches advice pack to tackle empty properties

July 5, 2023

Caerphilly County Borough Council has launched an information pack as part of a wider project to address the issue of empty properties. The ‘Caerphilly – No Use Empty’ pack aims to provide a resource for owners of empty properties and to signpost them to the wide range of support available to help them bring their […]

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