skip to main content

Accessibility and Display Options

Choose accessibility and display settings
Text Preferences
Colour Schemes
Cookies
Save Close

Cookie preferences

We and our partners use technologies such as cookies on our site to enhance your user experience, personalise content and analyse our traffic.

Accept the recommended settings to consent to the use of this technology on our site.

To change your consent choices at any time please use the toggles below.

For further details, see our Cookie Policy

Accept recommended settings


Essential cookies

Essential cookies enable core functionality such as page navigation and access to secure areas. The website cannot function properly without these cookies; they can only be disabled by changing your browser preferences.


Performance cookies

Performance cookies help us to improve our website by collecting and reporting information on its usage (for example, which of our pages are most frequently visited).

Save and Close




Home

You are here: Home / Housing / Landlords

Empty homes

We encourage use of empty homes to meet housing need within the Borough. To help owners, we offer advice. If your property needs works to eliminate a serious hazard you may be able to get a empty home loan to help prepare it for occupation.

Why return empty homes to use?

Empty homes are a waste. Returning them to use benefits communities in many ways:

How does bringing empty homes back to use benefit property owners?

Benefits to a home owner include:

How is the Council helping return empty homes to use?

We are identifying long term empty properties in the area so that we can offer their owners advice and support to bring them back to use. It need not even be an empty house – buildings can be converted and flats created from vacant space above shops. Our empty property co-ordinator can provide advice to owners on options available and information on lettings and getting financial help. In some circumstances this can include providing an interest free loan to carry out essential works to your property.

How does it work?

If you are the owner of empty property and are not sure how to bring it back into use, please contact us for advice. We can arrange to meet you or your agent to carry out an inspection and discuss options. We do not charge for this service and you have no obligation to take any of the options discussed.

What options are available?

Options for bringing property back into use include:

What financial help might be available?

An interest free loan is available if an owner agrees to lease the property to the Council for the time the loan is outstanding.  We consider applications for empty property home improvement loans for properties that have been vacant for six months or more and need work to be suitable for occupation.

A loan will be considered:

What powers do local authorities have to return empty properties to use?

Under the Housing Act 2004 local authorities can consider using empty dwelling management orders to take over management of a property. This can be carried out by us or passed on to a managing agent. If you own an empty property and wish to discuss this, please contact us on 01329 236100 or e-mail customerservicecentre@fareham.gov.uk




Back to top of page Back to Top How to get here
Fareham Borough Council, Civic Offices, Civic Way, Hampshire, PO16 7AZ
Tel: +44 (0) 1329 236100 | Mobile Text/Photo: 07876 131415
RSS Feeds