Thanks to the intervention of Waveney District Council, a neglected property which has been empty for more than 20 years will be refurbished and brought back into use.
The mid-terrace house in Lowestoft has been unoccupied since 1995 and as a result has fallen into disrepair. Officers from Waveney District Council’s Private Sector Housing Team have now purchased the building and it will be repaired, refurbished and made available to meet local housing need.
Cllr Chris Punt, Waveney’s Cabinet Member for Housing said:
“Not only can empty homes cause problems for neighbouring properties and attract anti-social behaviour, the national shortage of housing means these properties are sorely needed by local people.
“We made a strong commitment in the East Suffolk Business Plan to reduce the number of long-term empty properties in the district and we will use all our influence to ensure this work continues.”
The Council works with the owners of empty properties to encourage them to bring them back into use where possible. Where this is not an option, the Council can opt for compulsory purchase, forced sale and occasionally may be able to provide financial support where funds are made available.
Having an empty home in poor condition adjoining your home could result in damage to your property such as dampness along the party wall. To report a property which you believe has been empty for more than 6 months, or to discuss options if you are the owner of an empty property, please contact 01502 523119 / firstname.lastname@example.org.