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 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
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
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.
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.
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
Compulsory Purchase Orders
For further information please download the