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Empty Homes, Housing Delivery Team
Plymouth City Council
Plymouth PL1 2AA
Phone :
01752 307578 / 307661
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01752 307661


Zero waste

Empty homes

Empty homes are an unacceptable waste of resources at a time when there are not enough houses in the city for the people who need them. They cost their owners thousands of pounds in lost rental income, increased council tax, insurance, repairs and security and yet produce no income. They attract anti-social behaviour and can become a target for vandals, arsonists, squatters , fly-tippers and vermin. An empty home can also reduce the value of adjoining properties by up to 20 per cent.

We have a Plan for Empty Homes which sets out how we're going to tackle empty properties over the next four years, through a mix of advice, support and enforcement action and re-enforces the message that leaving a property empty is simply not an option.

The Housing Delivery Team has an extensive range of initiatives and advice aimed at helping empty home owners bring them back into use. The Council prefers to work with owners to help them bring their properties back into use voluntarily but sometimes this help is declined and there is no evidence that the owner has a plan to return it to use. In these cases we use enforcement powers such as compulsory purchase, enforced sale or empty dwelling management orders.

For help and advice on bringing your empty property back in to use visit our empty home owner incentives page. You can also call the Housing Delivery Team on 01752 307578/307661 or email

Empty Homes Surgery

If you own or are affected by an empty property please pop into our 1st Stop Shop on the first Wednesday of every month where there will be an empty homes expert on hand to help you understand the options available to you. Find out more...