Empty homes

 More funding for Houses into Homes

The Welsh Government has given more funding for the Houses into Homes scheme, a loan fund which can provide interest-free loans of up to £25,000 per housing unit for qualifying projects, to help owners bring properties back into use.

Projects can vary from the renovation of a single family home to the conversion of empty commercial premises.

Download Newport City Council’s Empty Homes Strategy (pdf)

Empty private sector properties are a wasted resource when thousands of people are homeless or living in unsuitable housing.

Homes can be left empty for a number of reasons including probate issues, ill health, redundancy or repossession.

Read about wills, probate and inheritance on Gov.uk

Read about council tax exemptions for empty and unoccupied properties

It is the responsibility of owners to make sure that an empty property is kept secure, free from pests, dry rot or damp, does not become a dangerous structure, that the property and garden are maintained and that it is re-occupied as quickly as possible.

When the council becomes aware that a privately owned house has been empty for more than 2 years it will:

  • obtain details of the owner from Land Registry
  • visit the property and take a photograph for records
  • contact the owner to ask intentions and to offer advice

If no response is received, information may be requested under the Local Government Miscellaneous Provisions Act 1976 or enforcement action may be taken as set out in the council’s Empty Homes Strategy (pdf).

Enforcement action could include an enforced sale, Empty Dwelling Management Order or Compulsory Purchase Order.

Report an empty home

If you own, live next door to or simply know of an empty residential property please get in touch with the housing strategy team below. 

Register an empty home

If you own an empty home, complete the online empty homes questionnaire to make sure that we hold the correct information.

The information provided will be treated in confidence and will only be used by Newport City Council.

Contact

Email emptyhomes.team@newport.gov.uk or ask for the housing strategy team at Newport City Council