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In Wiltshire there are in excess of 1700 properties that have been empty for more than 6 months. With demand for housing continuing to increase Wiltshire Council recognises the importance of making best use of existing homes. Returning empty homes to use has the following advantages;

  • maintain the quality of the area and neighbouring property values,
  • reduce the pressure to build on Greenfield sites to accommodate the extra homes that are needed to meet housing need,
  • increase the housing options of those looking for a home in Wiltshire through additional availability,
  • reduce the number of crime hotspots in the area,
  • reduce anti-social behaviour.

What is the Council doing to reduce the number of empty homes in Wiltshire?

The Council aims to work with owners of empty properties to help them bring them back into use. Grants may be available to help with repairs if the owner agrees to let the property (certain conditions apply).

    We can provide an owner with tenants and rental income through our WiltsLet Scheme. We also hold a list of people who are interested in purchasing an empty or run down property.

    Please see our PDFEmpty Homes Assistance empty homes factsheet 220kb for more information.

    How do I report an empty property to the Council?

    If you know of an empty property in the County, particularly one that has been empty for a long time, please use the empty homes reporting form. If you own an empty property please use the empty homes reporting form for owners

    Interested Purchasers and Developers List

    Wiltshire Council maintains a list of interested purchasers/developers that we can send to owners who wish to sell their empty property.  

    It is hoped that this initiative will assist owners who wish to sell, by putting them in contact with developers or individuals who are interested in purchasing these properties.

    If you would like to have your details included in a list of interested purchasers and for your contact details to be forwarded directly to owners thinking about selling, then register today on the Interested Purchasers & Developers List by contacting the Empty Homes Officer on 01249 706614 or by sending an email to housing.strategy@wiltshire.gov.uk containing the following information:

    • Your name and contact details
    • Whether you are a purchaser or a developer
    • Details of the areas in which you are interested in purchasing properties and any other relevant information

    Please note: Wiltshire Council takes no part in and accepts no responsibility for any voluntary negotiations for sale.

    If you have any queries or wish to be removed from the Interested Purchasers & Developers List please contact the Empty Homes Officer on 01249 706614 or email housing.strategy@wiltshire.gov.uk

    Selling an Empty Property

    If you are an owner, you may decide that the best option is to sell your empty property.

    If you wish to take this route the first step that you will need to take is to get your property valued. This can be done by:

    • A professional property surveyor - this is likely to provide the most accurate valuation;
    • An Estate Agent - this will be based on the prices of properties of similar sizes and types in the same area;
    • Estimating the value yourself - by looking at the prices that similar properties have sold for recently in the local area. However, there could be an increased risk of getting the valuation wrong with this method.

    The valuation can then be used to set the asking price. You may need to be flexible over this though, as potential buyers may wish to try and negotiate on the price.

    There are different methods of selling a property, which include:

    • selling through an estate agent,
    • selling at an auction,
    • advertising the property yourself.

    Selling a property involves a complex legal process. Once a sale has been agreed it is therefore advisable to seek advice from a legal professional, such as a solicitor or conveyancer to conduct the legal process of the sale.

    Empty Properties For Sale List

    Wiltshire Council can also help you sell by putting you in contact with developers or individuals interested in purchasing empty properties. If you would like your property to be added to the Empty Properties For Sale List please contact the Empty Homes Officer on 01249 706614 or email housing.strategy@wiltshire.gov.uk . We will need to know:

    • Your name and contact details
    • The address of the empty property including its postcode
    • The type of property, e.g. house, flat, bungalow, retirement home
    • The number of bedrooms in the property
    • Whether the property has a garden
    • The condition of the property

    Details entered on the Empty Properties For Sale List will then be shared with potential purchasers who have registered on the Interested Purchasers and Developers List. Please note that your contact details will be provided to purchasers to enable them to be able to contact you directly.

    Please note: Wiltshire Council takes no part in and accepts no responsibility for any voluntary negotiations for sale.

    If you have any queries or wish to be removed from the Empty Properties For Sale List please contact the Empty Homes Officer on 01249 706614 or email housing.strategy@wiltshire.gov.uk

    Contact Details (LiveLink)

    Multiple Contacts:
    eMail: housing.strategy@wiltshire.gov.uk
    Telephone: 01249 706614
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    Last updated: 1 March 2012

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