Boarded up houses and derelict or untidy sites are unsightly, may attract vermin, rubbish, graffiti and vandalism and can have a negative effect on the value of neighbouring properties.
Empty homes represent a wasted resource;
Owners benefit from:
Neighbouring residents benefit from:
Tenants benefit from:
The council benefits from:
We are committed to working with the community and all agencies involved in housing provision to bring empty properties in South Derbyshire back into use.
When an empty home or untidy site is reported, we will categorise it according to a number of factors including the degree to which it is causing problems in the neighbourhood and the length of time it has stood vacant.
We will try to trace the owner and try to bring the home back into use through sale, repair or lease. In the case of an untidy site, we will work with the owner to try to deal with the problem.
If there are problems of nuisance or vermin infestation we can require the owner to deal with those problems before a longer-term solution can be found.
Where an owner cannot be traced (or is uncooperative) we have a range of enforcement powers, which include options such as Compulsory Purchase and Empty Dwelling Management Orders. Where the council has a charge on the property, Enforced Sale will also be considered as an option.
If you have a problem with an empty property or untidy site near you, You can call our hotline 01283 595974 or use the form on this page.
If you are the owner of an empty property and want to do something about the nuisance or loss of income it may be causing, the following options could be available to you:
The housing standards team can offer professional help and advice to property owners wishing to bring their empty property back into residential use.
South Derbyshire District Council
Housing Standards Team
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