About empty properties
Properties become empty for many different reasons. In most cases, they are only empty for a short period of time.
A property, for example, might be empty due to hospital admissions, renovation work, delayed sales or lettings. Under these circumstances, a property will usually be back in use within a few months.
When properties are empty for years however, they can cause problems for the community by attracting anti-social behaviour, vermin and crime.
The negative impact on the local area and damaged caused to other properties can affect the housing market and property values.