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.
Between 1st April 2008 and 31st March
2015, 871 empty homes were brought back into use through
- 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
- Local Authorities have enforcement powers available to bring
properties back into use.
Reporting an Empty Property
To report an empty property please click here and complete an
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
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
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
For further information on CPOs please download the
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
For further information please click
The following two documents have been produced by the
Communities and Local Government. Please click on the links
below to download them.
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.
and Safety Rating System Leaflet
For further information about Empty Dwelling
Management Orders, please click on the links below.
Dwelling Management Orders Guidance for Residential Property
Empty Property Frequently Asked Questions
The Empty Property FAQs can be viewed