The council's priority is to identify domestic properties that have remained empty for a long period of time. We will work with the owner, local residents' in the community and other partnerships to help them to decide on the best option for the empty property.
In 2013 the number of empty domestic properties on the Isle of Wight equalled 3.83%, exceeding the governments Sustainable Communities Strategy target of 3.7%. Ongoing work has reduced the total to 432 (target properties) 0.57% of all housing stock, as of February 2021. Target properties are properties empty greater than six months which is the government’s definition of a long term empty property. However, as per our empty property strategy we focus on properties which have been empty greater than two years.
There are however, 1230 (1.61%) empty properties which:
- includes all properties exempt from council tax which are empty more than 6 months
- includes all private housing stock also empty for less than 6 months.
Both of the above are not target properties and we are unable to intervene.
For information on how to look after your empty property, what options you have for your empty property, preventing fraud and tax incentives view the Empty Property leaflet and the Empty Property Strategy.