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New bid to get empty properties back into use

A 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 buildings back into use.

In December 2020, the council set up a dedicated team to deal with empty properties and now says it is “engaging with owners of empty properties and bringing them back into beneficial use.”


The team also has powers to take enforcement action in cases where residential properties are causing significant concern.

A Caerphilly council spokesperson says: “As well as being unsightly long term empty properties can also bring with them a range of other issues, including becoming a magnet for anti-social behaviour. 

"The team is already delivering excellent outcomes in bringing empty homes back into use and, in some cases, bringing additional benefits by using them to rehouse local people who would otherwise have found themselves homeless.

“The information pack is an additional tool that we hope will help to engage more owners of empty properties and make them aware of the help and assistance available to them.”

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    EPC rules, and the tightening of them in a couple of years will make it unviable economically to bring most empty homes into use. Yet again, a problem of the governments own making,

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    Exactly, to rent them maybe uneconomical ..... but they can still be sold to FTB's !!! Given the value of virtually any house nowadays, i cannot see why anyone who owned one outright would leave it empty............ just the sell the thing and enjoy life.


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