Repair or renovate your empty home

Funding

If you don't have the funds to renovate your property, we may be able to offer limited financial support. Email empty.homes@plymouth.gov.uk or call 01752 304235 for more information.

Buy with Confidence

If you have the funds to renovate your property, we can help you find a local approved trader through our Buy with Confidence scheme. Every business listed has undergone a series of checks before being approved as a member of the scheme. Visit the Buy with Confidence website to search for an approved trader.

Reduced VAT

If your property has been empty for two years (before you start work) and you're using builders to complete the works, then you may be eligible for a reduced rate of just five per cent VAT on repairs, maintenance or improvements.

If your property has been empty for more than ten years (before you start work) and you'll be using it for residential purposes after the work is completed, you may be eligible for zero rated VAT.

It's difficult to reclaim overpaid VAT so you need to be aware of these discounts before you start work and make sure your builders understand the rules so they invoice you correctly. Further information is available on GOV.UK.

We can also support your application by providing a free statement confirming your property has been empty for at least two or ten years.

Vacant space above shops and offices

Converting an empty space above a commercial unit into residential accommodation makes economic sense and can provide surveillance and security for your business. In some cases you may not need planning permission and be eligible for a reduction rate of VAT on building materials and services.

Email empty.homes@plymouth.gov.uk or call 01752 304235 for help and advice on bringing an empty property back into use.

 Empty homes guidance booklet [PDF, 3MB]