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Residents Urged to Report Long-Term Empty Homes

Empty Homes Week 2018 

National Empty Homes Week is taking place 15th – 21st October 2018 and as part of the campaign, Bedford Borough Council is urging residents to report any homes that are unoccupied and disused.

Empty homes continue to be a massive waste of resources and a blight on neighbourhoods across the country and can also have a negative impact on the environment. The Council is taking decisive action and nearly £3million has been allocated by the Council to fund the compulsory purchase of properties where owners fail to take action to bring their empty property back into use.

The actions enabled by this funding have already resulted in a drop of a third in the number of properties that have been empty for five years or more.

Cllr Colleen Atkins, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Regulation said ““We’re working hard to reduce the number of empty homes in the borough. If you own one of these empty properties, please come and talk to us to discuss your options and see what help we can provide.”

“If you know about an empty home, please report it to our Housing Strategy team”

The Council will continue to work hard to reduce the number of empty homes in the Borough. Individuals and local communities can support the Council’s efforts to bring empty homes back into use by reporting empty properties to our Housing Strategy team via