Empty Homes Strategy 2008-2013

The Aim of the Strategy is:

To provide a framework which will ensure that appropriate empty homes are returned to use, using a range of flexible solutions which are tailored to meet the needs of each individual case.

Empty Homes StrategyThe Objectives of the Strategy are:
  • To improve communication and information associated with empty homes.
  • To minimise the amount of time homes stand empty.
  • Utilise empty homes to meet housing need and increase housing options.

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What We Have Done So Far To Deliver The Strategy:

  • Produced an "Empty Homes Poster" to publicise that empty homes are a valuable asset to owners and the Councils Empty Homes service. The poster has been distributed to key locations throughout the Borough including Council buildings and public libraries. (The poster is also available on request)
  • Produced a summary leaflet of the Empty Homes Strategy which has been issued in mail drops to key locations and identified properties and is available from Council buildings.
  • Issued to all solicitors within the Borough an Empty Home Advice and Information letter, to increase knowledge of the potential of empty homes and the services/advice/assistance which is available.
  • All properties identified as being empty within high demand areas of Saltburn and Guisborough have been visited and initially assessed via 100+ visits.
  • A website e-form has been developed to identify potential developer interest in order to match such interest with owners of empty homes who are willing to sell their property.
  • A letter drop with a summary leaflet on the Strategy has been issued to all 180 empty home owners across Redcar this resulted in a significant response rate of 46% and has enabled us to engage with more empty property owners.
  • The East Cleveland Housing Options Scheme with Endeavour Housing Association has ensured that 15 previously empty homes within the East Cleveland area have been occupied. The Local Authority has full nomination rights to these properties.
  • The Empty Homes Service and Strategy has been promoted to local landlords via the Landlord Forum held on 10 March 2009.
  • Arrangements for the regular monitoring of empty homes across the borough has been formalized with partners Council Tax. Monitoring is carried out on a quarterly basis.
  • We are currently working towards the progression of our first Enforced Sale Procedure to ensure that a longstanding empty home is returned to use.

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