The council's responses to Freedom of Information (FOI) requests about empty properties are listed below.
Newport City Council aims to reduce the number of privately owned long-term empty homes, and their impact on the city, through its Empty Homes Strategy, available on the council's website.
The latest figure for the number of residential dwellings empty for more than 6 months, as defined by the Public Accountability Measure PAM/013, was for April 2020 – 1,283. These are privately owned residential dwellings unoccupied for more than 6 months at 1 April. Data is obtained principally from council tax records. The guidance for this measure can be found on the Data Cymru website here.
Of the 1,283 empty homes at April 2020, the length of time empty was:
a) More than 2 years – 697
b) More than 5 years – 143
c) More than 10 years - 46
The number of empty homes, as defined for PAM/013, for previous years was:
- 2017/18 – 1199
- 2018/19 - 1199
- 2019/20 – 1133
- 2020/21 - 1283
The number of empty homes returned to use following action by the local authority, as defined for PAM/013, was:
- 2017/18 – 15
- 2018/19 - 7
- 2019/20 – 6
- 2020/21 - 11
PAM/013 was introduced in 2017/18 and replaced the National Strategic Indicator for empty homes, PSR/004. The number of privately owned long-term empty homes as defined for the national strategic performance indicator PSR/004, was:
- 2014/15 - 1,250
- 2015/16 - 1,314
- 2016/17 - 1,293
The number of empty homes returned to use following action by the local authority, as defined for PSR/004, was:
- 2014/15 – 42
- 2015/16 – 84
- 2016/17 - 50
Empty Dwelling Management Orders
Newport City Council has issued one Empty Dwelling Management Order, in 2012.