Privately owned empty homes

Our empty homes scheme can help you unlock the value of your empty property.

Further information

We offer a range of services designed to make privately owned empty properties available for housing again.

When we receive notification that a property has been empty for 18 months or more, we will work with the owners to bring that property back into use. They will be offered advice, support and guidance about various options for the property.

You can report an empty home using the quick link at the top of this page.

In extreme cases where the owner chooses not to work with us, or an owner cannot be found, we will enforce a compulsory purchase order as a last resort.

Signs that a property might be an empty home

  • It may be boarded up
  • There could be overgrown gardens spilling out on to public footpaths or neighbouring property
  • It may have been vandalised or become a site for fly-tipping or anti-social behaviour
  • There could be issues with vermin infestation
  • A property that looks in good condition, but has definitely been empty for over 18 months

If you suspect a home may be empty and could be brought back into use, please call or email us using the contact details at the bottom of this page.

Have your say on council tax for empty homes

There are currently 350 empty homes in Leicester and we want to bring these back into use. 

Long term empty properties are those which have been empty for at least two years. The government is expected to grant councils new powers to increase council tax on homes that have been empty for a long period of time. Properties empty for less than two years are unaffected by these proposals. The amount of council tax depends on how long the property has been empty for; two, five or ten years. We want to know whether you think we should change our current scheme?

Find out more and tell us what you think using the link below:

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