Management of empty properties in Bridgend, Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan
Shared Regulatory Services look at properties that have been empty for a period of more than six months – these are called Empty Homesnon-transitional empty properties.
An empty property can attract anti-social behaviour including unauthorised entry, criminal activity, vandalism, fly tipping and pests. If left to deteriorate, an empty property can cause a nuisance and can blight a neighbourhood.
There can be many reasons a property may become and remain empty however, the Council will work with owners to provide a solution in order to resolve any issues caused by the empty property and where possible to bring the property back into use.
If you know of an empty home in Bridgend, Cardiff or Vale of Glamorgan, please tell us so that we can contact the owner and take steps to stop it falling into disrepair.
When reporting you should include:
Your name, address and contact details
The full address of the empty property and the name and contact details of the owner (if known)
Details of the problem/nuisance caused by the empty property
However, if you do not wish to be contacted and would prefer not to provide your details, you can report the property anonymously.
Your report will be processed within 5 working days. The private sector housing team will try to work closely with the owner of the empty property to encourage them to bring the property back in to use.
However it is important to note that it is not an offence to leave a property unoccupied and it is not always possible to take enforcement action. Enforcement action can only be taken as a last resort where the property is causing nuisance or is a blight to an area.
To report an empty home please contact Shared Regulatory Services:
Houses into Homes
Do you own a house that has been empty for six months or longer in the Cardiff area? You could qualify for a share of funds available through the Welsh Government’s Houses into Homes Scheme to give properties a new lease of life. Anyone with an empty property can apply for an Interest-free loan to renovate it and make it fit to live in. Click here for further details.
If you own a house that has been left empty find out what options are available to you. You can get advice for owners of empty homes on the Empty Homes website
You can also download our Property owners guide to Empty Homes for further information.
Further advice can be found on the Welsh Government’s website