Empty homes can have a negative impact on neighbourhoods. There are a small number of long term empty residential properties in Sunderland that are detrimental to the amenities and problematic to neighbours and the community. Sunderland City Council is committed to helping owners bring their long term empty properties back into use.
What can the council do?
The council will work with owners to identify suitable solutions to help bring their properties back into use, these can include:
- giving advice to the owner or landlord to help them return the empty property back into use
- offering financial assistance in the form of a grant if the property has been empty for over 2 years or a loan to help with refurbishment
- using enforcement action where relevant, and only as a tool of last resort or where the property is unsafe
To speak to an officer within the Strategic Plans and Housing Team and discuss potential options please ring 0191 561 1636 or 0191 561 1628.