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Empty and eyesore properties

Empty properties

The Environmental Protection team can take action against the owner if a property is empty and open for unauthorised access. Please note, the opening must be sufficient for a person to gain access; small openings and broken glazing aren't covered by the legislation we can use.

If there's an accumulation of waste material that poses a risk to health, we can also ensure it is removed.

You can use Report It to let us know about an empty property which is open for access. Choose 'Housing Concern' from the drop-down menu, then tick 'Open/insecure property'.

Alternatively, you can call the council's Environment Contact Centre on 01642 726001.

Eyesore properties

Once we're aware of an eyesore property causing problems, we'll work with the owner, where possible, offering advice and assistance.

Where owners don't work with us to address reasonable concerns, an assessment will be carried out to decide whether enforcement action is appropriate. Where necessary, we have a range of enforcement powers to deal with eyesore properties including:

  • The Building Act 1984
  • The Environmental Protection Act 1990
  • The Housing Act 2004
  • The Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949
  • The Town and Country Planning Act 1990

You can use Report It to let us know about an eyesore property. Choose 'Housing Concern' from the drop-down menu, then tick 'Eyesore properties and overgrown gardens'.

Alternatively, you can call the council's Environment Contact Centre on 01642 726001.