The news comes during National Empty Homes Week (16 to 22 October 2017) which gives local authorities and housing providers an opportunity to organise events and put out information about their work to tackle empty homes.
The Council has a dedicated empty homes co-ordinator who has been in post since July 2015 and has been successfully reducing the amount of long term empty properties unlocking funding from the Government’s new homes bonus scheme.
As a result of this work the number of known long term empty properties in Taunton Deane has steadily declined from 464 to 388 in the past three years - this year saw a reduction of 68 empty homes.
Councillor Terry Beale, Executive Councillor for Housing Services, said: “The Council is committed to tackling the number of empty homes in the borough and we are pleased to have seen a significant reduction in empty properties as a result of these efforts. Bringing empty homes back into use makes great sense as it not only increases their value and improves the area but allows the Council to access funding as well.”
The Council has an empty homes strategy that provides encouragement and support to owners of empty homes, but also outlines measures for appropriate enforcement action taking into account the length of time the property has been empty; whether the property is having a negative impact on the area; and if the owner is taking steps to deal with the problems.
If you have an empty property and are not sure what to do with it the Council may be able to assist with information, advice and guidance. See our web page at Empty Homes
For further information contact the Empty Homes Co-ordinator, Steven Perry, on 01823 356430 or by email: S.Perry@tauntondeane.gov.uk