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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 1000 privately owned homes standing empty for long periods of time.

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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


In July 2013, the Council adopted the Empty Homes Strategy 2013 – 2017.
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 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.
  • 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

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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.

 

Empty Homes Strategy

 

Empty Homes Information Pack

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

 

If you would like to receive a copy of the Empty Homes Information Pack then please call 01234 718584.
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

 

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.

 

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

 

Compulsory Purchase Orders

For further information please download the document below.

 

Compulsory Purchase Procedure

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