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Empty properties

We're committed to working with homeowners and members of the public to address problems associated with empty homes in the city, and to maximise the use of our existing housing stock.

Report an empty property

Report an empty property online

You can send a report anonymously, but if you provide your contact details we'll be able to provide you with updates.

Once we receive your report we'll contact the property owner to find out what their plans are for the property.

If the property is not secure we'll ask the owner to secure it, or we'll take steps to do so ourselves.

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Locating owners of empty properties

While we're not able to provide lists of empty properties or the contact details of owners, you may be able to find this information yourself by:

  • posting a note through the door of the empty property, explaining your interest and asking the owner to contact you
  • searching for a property on the Land Registry website (a small fee applies) to reveal the name and contact details of the owner
  • using an online directory enquiries service

For further advice or information about empty properties contact our Healthy and Sustainable Homes Service.

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Support for owners of empty properties

The following support is available for owners of empty homes:

  • empty property loans, to help with the cost of repairs
  • advice on the options available, and guidance through these processes
  • assistance with the planning process
  • free property appraisals to help you judge the costs of renovation and the property’s current value

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Also see

Healthy and Sustainable Homes Service

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

Telephone: 01904 552300