Like most parts of the UK, Bedford has a
shortage of affordable homes. That's why it is a great waste
to have nearly 1000 privately owned homes standing empty for long
periods of time.
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
In July 2013, the Council adopted the Empty Homes Strategy 2013 –
Between 1st April 2008 and 31st March 2013, 693 empty homes were
brought back into use.
- Did you know that?
A property left empty is now subject to a full council tax
- 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.
- A national loans scheme to support bringing empty properties
back into use is in development. For more information please visit
the Empty Homes Agency website
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
The Council is actively trying to encourage owners of empty
properties to bring them back into occupation. Unfortunately,
many properties stand empty for years with no prospects of being
occupied. In some circumstances it is considered that a
Compulsory Purchase Order is required as a last resort to
bring the property back into occupation.
For further information please download the document below.
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
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
For further information about Empty Dwelling
Management Orders, please click on the links below.
Dwelling Management Orders Guidance for Residential Property