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Empty Homes

Like most parts of the UK, Bedford has a shortage of affordable homes.  That's why it is a great waste to have nearly 800 privately owned homes standing empty for long periods of time.

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Between 1st April 2008 and 31st March 2015, 871 empty homes were brought back into use through Council intervention.

  • Did you know that a property left empty is now subject to a full council tax bill.
  • A property left empty for more than two years is subject to a 50% Council Tax Premium.
  • If you are interested in letting an empty property we may be able to help you find suitable tenants. Click here for more information. 
  • Local Authorities have enforcement powers available to bring properties back into use.

 

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Reporting an Empty Property

To report an empty property please click here and complete an online form.

 

Empty Homes Strategy 2013-2017

The Empty Homes Strategy for Bedford Borough Council covers the period 2013-2017 and is an important element of the Council's overarching Housing Strategy along with other strategies and policies for preventing homelessness, allocations and tenancies and private sector housing. Download a copy of the Empty Homes Strategy here.

 

Empty Homes Strategy

 

Compulsory Purchase Orders

Unfortunately, many properties stand empty for a number of years with no prospects of being occupied.  The Council is actively trying to encourage owners of empty properties to bring them back into occupation.  Where this fails the Council has developed a Compulsory Purchase Order Programme (CPO).  There are currently 29 long term empty properties on the Counci's CPO Programme. 

 

In October 2014 local news covered the Compulsory Purchase of a long term empty property on Edward Road Bedford.  To view the Anglian News Report please click here

 

For further information on CPOs please download the document below.

Compulsory Purchase Procedure

 

Empty Property to let?

Bedford Borough Council can offer a range of incentives, free advice, support and practical help to landlords looking to let a property.

 

For further information please click here.

 

Additional Information

The following two documents have been produced by the Communities and Local Government.  Please click on the links below to download them.

 

Letting Your Home


Assured and Assured Shorthold Tenancies A Guide for Landlords

 

Please click on the document below to download a copy of the Council’s Housing Health and Safety Rating System leaflet.

Housing Health and Safety Rating System Leaflet

 

For further information about Empty Dwelling Management Orders, please click on the links below.
Empty Dwelling Management Orders Guidance for Residential Property Owners

 

Empty Property Frequently Asked Questions

The Empty Property FAQs can be viewed here

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