Information for owners

For an informal discussion about your empty property, email emptyhomes.team@newport.gov.uk or contact Newport City Council and ask for the housing strategy and development team.

Council tax reductions or exemptions

A residential property that is not occupied for some time may be exempt from or qualify for a reduction in council tax.

Read about council tax reductions and exemptions.

Your responsibilities

Homes that are left empty for a long time tend to deteriorate.

An overgrown garden, post behind the door and a generally neglected appearance can attract vandalism or crime.

If you own an empty home, it is your responsibility to make sure that it does not give rise to problems which affect your neighbours or community. 

You are responsible for clearing any waste, even if it is dumped by others, and for making sure that the property is secure. 

You should register your property with the Land Registry and make sure that the owner’s details are up to date.

Read advice about protecting your land and property from fraud 

Financial assistance

Newport City Council does not offer housing renovation grants.

If you plan to renovate your property and sell or let it afterwards, you may qualify for an interest-free loan under the Houses into Homes scheme

If you plan to live in the property yourself you may qualify for a home improvement loan under the Safe, Warm and Secure scheme.

For an informal discussion contact Newport City Council and ask for the housing strategy and development team. 

Letting

It is a legal requirement that all private property rentals in Wales are registered under the Rent Smart Wales scheme. 

If you manage the property you will also need to be licensed under the scheme or employ a licensed agent to manage your property. 

Newport City Council leases some private properties directly from owners, usually on a five-year lease, for temporary accommodation when needed.

This is a limited scheme, for further information please contact Newport City Council and ask for the private sector leasing team. 

Newport has a Landlords’ Forum, supported by the council, to help landlords through the exchange of news and information.

Selling

If you want to sell your property, you could use an estate agent for a private sale in the usual way, or try selling at auction.

Most auctioneers will talk you through the process, discuss a guide price and, if you wish, help you decide on a reserve price, without obligation.

There are a number of auction services covering the Newport area.

Newport City Council no longer has its own housing stock and is not able to buy properties from owners.