Empty Homes Week 2017

Lichfield District Council backs campaign to bring empty properties back into use.

Empty Homes Week is running from 16 October to 22 October. The campaign is organised by the charity Empty Home, which uses the week to highlight the problem of long-term empty properties across the UK.

In Lichfield District there are around 100 long-term empty properties. Lichfield District Council has a policy that sets out how it will work to bring these homes back into use.

As part of this, the council’s housing team has started liaising with and surveying the owners of the properties that have been empty for the longest time, with a view to getting them brought back into domestic use.

The local authority is also urging anyone who is struggling with an empty property and needs help to bring it back into use, or anyone who is concerned about an empty property in their area, to get in touch for advice.

Councillor Doug Pullen, Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services, Housing & Wellbeing, said:

“Derelict properties can blight local communities and, with housing in short supply, they are wasted opportunities to create much needed homes.

“Empty Homes Week is a good opportunity to highlight this issue locally, and to urge people to contact us if they own an empty property or are worried about a derelict property and want it dealt with.”

If you are concerned about an empty property, please contact Lichfield District Council on 01543 308000 or email housing@lichfielddc.gov.uk.

Posted on Monday 16th October 2017

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