Empty property information and support

When a property is empty for a long time, it can fall into disrepair, get tagged and vandalised, or used by squatters. Empty properties are also a wasted resource that could provide much-needed homes.

If you are concerned about an empty property on the Island, let us know about it.

Your empty property

If you own an empty property and want to know about your options, we can help. Perhaps you want it to be used as a rental property, sold to a local housing scheme, or donated to reduce homelessness on the Island?

The Empty Property Strategy forms part of wider housing work and aims to bring long term empty properties back into use to - increase the supply of quality and affordable homes for island residents and in turn reduce the impact of empty properties on local communities.

The Empty Property Strategy objectives are to:

  • Maintain relevant, accurate and up to date information relating to empty homes on the Island.
  • Bring empty homes back into use by encouragement and advice to property owners.
  • Consider options for acting when negotiations fail to bring empty homes back into use.
  • Raise awareness of the Empty Property Strategy (Residential) with residents, property owners and community, town and parish councils.

To find out more about what we are doing about empty properties on the Island, download the Empty Properties Strategy (PDF, 352KB)